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GIMP 2.8.6 slow startup

I did a clean install of 2.8.6, when starting this hangs for 20 seconds during startup, loading fonts, if I do a clean install of 2.8.2 this is not happening. Everytime I start 2.8.6 it scans all fonts and all plugins as if it was started for the first time, this is also not happening with 2.8.2.
I noticed that the defaultdata\.gimp contains almost no folders in 2.8.6, if I check this with 2.8.2 there are a lot of folders like brushes, gradients and so on.

Anyone else having this issue?

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Always

It will always scan fonts on each PC and will hang while scanning if there are a lot of them. The time varies based on the number of fonts. And the plugins it has to rescan new on every launch in a new path due to it keeping a hash of the path internally. Even though we adjust the path in the plugins file, it needs to regenerate it since the hash doesn't match. This has been going on for several versions. There is currently no workaround.

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John, Thanks for the reply, I

John,

Thanks for the reply,

I did a clean install of 2.8.2, 2.8.4 and 2.8.6 and tested them.
- 2.8.2, 2.8.4 and 2.8.6 where slow on startup the first time.
- 2.8.2 and 2.8.4 where fast after the first startup, 2.8.6 is just as slow as the first time startup.
- 2.8.2 has a completely filled \App\DefaultData, 2.8.4 and 2.8.6 has an almost empty \App\DefaultData dir.
- 2.8.2 and 2.8.4 have a cache-3 file in \Data\fontconfig\cache after first startup, 2.8.6 doesn't have this file.
- 2.8.2 and 2.8.4 takes long to scan the plugins only on the first startup, 2.8.6 takes long to scan the plugins (also the default GIMP plugins everytime.

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It also happens to me.CPU

It also happens to me.

CPU x64 intel i5 4G. RAM

Clean install 2.8.4 -----> 13,942 seconds
Clean install 2.8.6 -----> 60,252 seconds

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having slow startup too since 2.8.6

I'm having the same issue. I've got Portable Apps running on my machine through Dropbox. Didn't have the issue until the latest update. It's particularly slow because of the number of fonts on my machine.

Windows 7 64 Bit

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Same here

I have this problem as well. I updated GIMP Portable from 2.8.4 to 2.8.6 and noticed that it starts slowly every time. I don't need to disconnect my external hard drive or anything to get a slow startup: merely closing GIMP Portable and immediately restarting it is enough.

I use GIMP Portable standalone. I don't have the PortableApps.com Platform.

My operating system is 64-bit Windows 8 Pro.

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Some Issues

Ok, first off, I've confirmed that GIMP local 2.8.6 is noticeably slower than previous releases. Second, I've confirmed that GIMP randomly changed a bunch of internals again, seemingly for no reason, so the pluginsrc is being regenerated on each start in the portable version even if we don't alter it in any way (I commented out all code dealing with it), don't reboot, and don't change its path. It also changed the way the fontconfig works, again seemingly for no reason.

So, I'm going to play with it a bit and figure out some workarounds. GIMP is really messy internally, so it may take a bit of prodding.

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Plugins Issue

It seems that the 32-bit version of GIMP will redetect plugins on every start. It does this even when locally installed. I'm not sure if this is a bug in the GIMP 2.8.6 32-bit Windows build or not, but it is the way it's working in my testing on multiple Windows 32-bit machines. The portable 32-bit version does this on both 32-bit and 64-bit machines.

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Font Cache Fixed in 2.8.6. Rev 2

The bug with the font cache rebuilding every time even when you stay on the same PC is fixed in 3.8.6. Rev 2. The plugin cache rebuilding every launch is a bug of the 2.8.6 GIMP 32-bit base build. Note that it does not affect the 64-bit build. A local install of GIMP on a 64-bit machine will automatically be the 64-bit version, which is why you may not experience the rebuild on your local install.

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Thanks

Thanks, the font issue is solved.
About the plugin issue, is this a known bug that will be fixed by the GIMP developers and if so do you release a rev 3 of 2.8.6 when it comes out?

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Revs are Us

The Rev 2 is of the portable version only. If the GIMP developers fix the base app issue, they'd release a new version (2.8.7, for instance). I'm unsure if the GIMP developers are aware of the bug or not. I no longer use bugzilla reporting systems myself due to its stupid requirement to publicly post all email addresses of everyone in the system in an easily harvestable form for spammers.

UPDATE: It is an open bug: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=698480

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2.8.6. Rev 2 does not solved

2.8.6. Rev 2 does not solved the ultra slow start-up on a Win 7 64bits multi-users config.

Do you still have portable 2.8.4 I want to revert to that, 2.8.6 is just horrendous slow.

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2.8.6 Itself

As mentioned, GIMP itself has a bug in the 32-bit build that will cause the pluginsrc to be rebuilt on EVERY SINGLY START. There is no way to fix this without the publisher fixing it. All old GIMP versions are in our SourceForge project which is linked from the GIMP Portable page.

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