[Scribus] Memory problems when document contains many large pictures

John Beardmore John
Sat Jan 12 01:55:10 CET 2008

Stefan Forster wrote:

> My experience shows that scribus shouldn't be used for many large 
> pictures. Opening a file can take hours, often ended by a crash.

That's not been my experience.  What spec machine are you using ?

> Observing the memory consumption gives hints to the underlying problem:
> - during load all computer memory and also the swap partition is filled
> - probably this is used to store all pictures in bitmap format

I don't know how images are stored internally.  We use lots of images 
from 3 and 5 megapixel cameras, but I am using a 1.8 GHz P4 laptop with 
2 gig of RAM, documents are typically 30 pages, with an average of one 
or two images per page.  Images are .jpg, either direct from the camera, 
or sometimes messed with in Gimp.

Are you really running out of memory ?  Do you have a limit on the swap 
file size ?  Is it possible that you have some underlying hardware 
problem that only manifests when you use a lot of VM ?  I seldom see 
Scribus use more than 300 meg which doesn't seem to bother this system 
at all.

Cheers, J/.
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