Sunday, October 15, 2006

The fastest way to quit acroread under Linux is...

... killall -9 acroread OR Ctrl+Alt+Esc. It's instant.

On the other hand, File / Exit, when a large document is open, takes forever and drives the disk light nuts for maybe a minute - like most laptops, this one has a really slow hard disk. I don't know the exact amount of time but given that Linux performs extremely badly when the disk is being accessed, it's too slow for me to want to try to reproduce it again.

As far as I can tell, no data is lost this way (maybe config settings but I don't mind) so it brings into question the purpose of writing teardown code if it performs so badly.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

My guess is that it removes temp files. So if you kill it often, and your disk fills up. Search for that. :)

Oh, and if this is correct, get yourself a faster filesystem that makes deletes not take a minute. I never had problems like this using reader on a 50Mb PDF while on ReiserFS.

Thomas

Clarence Dang said...

I use ReiserFS already. The disk is _really_ slow though. At uni, I have the same kind of machine but it's a desktop and everything (including acroread) is _much_ faster.

Clarence Dang said...

I suspect it's walking the swap.

Maxilys said...

The fastest way I have found to quit acroread is to use KPDF. The biggest PDF I have is of 14 MB (1000+ pages) and when I click the closer, the window just closes itself.

I don't know if KPDF supports absolutely all the features of the PDF format but since it exists, you have to pay me to use acroread!

yoshi314 said...

epdfview is also neat

jstaniek said...

Hmm, this can be a general problem with acroread - it tends to quit slowly on my Windows box as well...

Clarence Dang said...

maxilys: I'll upgrade my KDE and try KPDF again then.

yoshi314: Never heard of epdfview but will give it a go.

jstaniek: Don't get me started on PDFs :) No matter how fast my computer or what my operating system is, PDFs have never loaded quickly in the 8 years I have been forced to use them.

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