[scribus] Scribus-1.3.6 uses up 100% CPU when editing drop caps inline

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Tue Mar 23 17:27:32 CET 2010

On Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:56:01 +0100 (GMT+01:00)
"andreas.speck at tiscali.co.uk" <andreas.speck at tiscali.co.uk> dijo:

>Hi all,
>  I'm using Scribus-1.3.6 on Debian-Squeeze, an AMD64 machine with 8GB 
>RAM. I'm working on a book of 156 pages, with several articles of
>about 5-10 pages each, but all in one Scribus file (almost no images -
>it's almost text only). It has been no problem so far.
>I'm now adding corrections from our proofreader, and I mostly do this 
>inline (it would be nice to change font inline - especially the 
>italics, bold, etc variants of the same font), in layout view. Again, 
>this has been no problem so far. It actually works great.
>Today I ran into a problem, and I probably have to kill the Scribus 
>process (it's still running while I type). The first paragraph of each 
>article uses drop-caps, three lines high. Now, our proofreader changed 
>the first word of the paragraph, and I went ahead and tried to delete 
>it inline. For more than half'n'hour now Scribus is using 99-100% CPU, 
>with memory usage at 4-5%. The article in question is only 3 pages 
>Did anyone encounter this before?

I have not run into this specific issue. But I can offer a suggestion
for a workaround that might get your work done.

Place the story in your Scrapbook, then close the document. Open a new
document and place the story from the Scrapbook. Make your edits. If it
still hangs Scribus then my workaround did not work. But if you can
successfully make the edits, save the edited story to the Scrapbook.
Then close the new document and reopen the original. Delete the
original story and re-place from the Scrapbook copy.

I also do long documents in Scribus and I discovered that keeping a
small subsidiary document is handy. I do it just because Scribus is
painfully slow with a long document, but occasionally I've used it to
get around a bug.

And do report this as a bug.

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