Bug 413934 - High CPU usage when switching wallpaper as slideshow
Summary: High CPU usage when switching wallpaper as slideshow
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 371455
Alias: None
Product: plasmashell
Classification: Plasma
Component: Image Wallpaper (show other bugs)
Version: 5.17.2
Platform: Other Linux
: NOR normal
Target Milestone: 1.0
Assignee: Marco Martin
Keywords: regression
Depends on:
Reported: 2019-11-08 08:57 UTC by Xwang
Modified: 2020-01-04 19:40 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Xwang 2019-11-08 08:57:00 UTC
When I configure the desktop to use images from a folder located on an SSD ext4 drive as wallpaper using a time ordered slideshow which changes image every 10 seconds, I see the CPU usage going up to about 25% (from a base constant level of less than 2%) every time the image is changed (it seems that one of the 4 CPU cores goes to 100%).
If I change the changing rate of images nothing changes (CPU usage continue to goes up  every time the image is changed)

1. Set the wallpaper as slideshow every 10 seconds
2. Monitor the CPU usage using sudo top or a plasmoid

CPU usage continue to goes up  every time the image is changed

Changing a wallpaper image should not require high CPU usage on an i7-6700HQ with 16GB f ram and SSD drive.


Linux/KDE Plasma: Archlinux
(available in About System)
KDE Plasma Version: 5.17.2-1
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.63.0
Qt Version: 5.13.2

Comment 1 Nate Graham 2019-12-06 17:22:46 UTC
Sounds like it's caused by indexing the folder. How many images are in there?
Comment 2 Xwang 2019-12-06 17:52:24 UTC
62 files (for a total of 4.8 MB)
Comment 3 Bug Janitor Service 2019-12-21 04:33:10 UTC
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Comment 4 Xwang 2019-12-21 08:53:04 UTC
I hace already answered to the question.
There are 62 files for a total of 4.8MB of data.
Comment 5 Sébastien P. 2020-01-04 19:12:25 UTC
Same thing here.
plasmashell process with 100% CPU on one core during the switching of picture.

For me 50Gio for 10929 files.
Note: I have just updated my system from kde-plasma 5.16.5 to 5.17.4.
Comment 6 Sébastien P. 2020-01-04 19:40:33 UTC
Just see this issue with all his duplicates. I think we can duplicate this one too.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 371455 ***