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Aug 19, 2013, 00:28
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gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
I've recently updated to 2.8.6. I've noticed that opening files is extremely slow. Once the file is open it works fine, but it takes way too much time, even just opening folders. I use the program for photo editing. Does anyone know of any fixes for this?
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Aug 22, 2013, 20:04
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Windows 7 64-bit. I save the photos to My Pictures. I don't have any media encryption that I know of.
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Aug 23, 2013, 00:13 (This post was last modified: Aug 23, 2013 00:18 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
Also, I would check two things
- do you have at least 1-2 gigabytes of ram? wdoze7 runs best with enough ram.

(especially when opening .XCF with many layers or high-resolution pictures 3000pxs, you can expect it to take a little while, about how long does it take to open one of your photos?)

2. How do you import/open your pictures/files
(drag & drop onto gimp canvas?) (open from file), open as layers or paste(various).

I ask about the import way because I noticed a loading bug on the thumbnails of the "File Open" window. The thumbnail will show loading the dimension: W x H & file size, in a loop until you click the file or preview a couple of times. Maybe this is a bug?
Quick update: Using wndoze8 now & the above file size preview loading isn't an issue (maybe just a vista & xp problem)
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Aug 24, 2013, 00:37
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
Thanks for the responses. The issue comes in trying to open files using File>Open... The navigation window pops up and as soon as I click the program freezes, then finally opens the folder. Then, every file that I click on goes through a mini-freeze. Sometimes, however, when the program has been running for a while, this does not occur.
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Aug 24, 2013, 00:54 (This post was last modified: Aug 24, 2013 00:59 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
(Aug 24, 2013 00:37)millsware Wrote:  Thanks for the responses. The issue comes in trying to open files using File>Open... The navigation window pops up and as soon as I click the program freezes, then finally opens the folder. Then, every file that I click on goes through a mini-freeze. Sometimes, however, when the program has been running for a while, this does not occur.

Ok, that clears up how you import the pictures.
You still haven't answered the question of how big your folder sizes(resolution HxW or bytes) are
- (# of photos & size of each/most photos in directory), if you know.

Try This:

Drag & Drop method.
1. Open Gimp, then after it loads up, minimize it
2.In windows explorer, navigate to the folder of the pictures you want to import.
3. Restore the canvas window of gimp.
4. Drag & drop one photo onto the canvas to import it.

Does this fix your freezing problem?

If it does, this is a good work around/solution until somebody finds a better solution.
This is an interesting issue so I'll try to do a little more research and see if anyone else had a similar freeze(fixes) & get back to you asap.

...in addition, can you open up the file/pictures faster in other programs on your computer? Maybe you can copy & paste them from those programs into gimp, would definitely be faster.
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Aug 24, 2013, 01:19
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
Ok, Here is what I found, its slim picking, but these appeared to have worked for other users.
Good luck Smile

-Turning off color management in gimp
context: http://www.gimpusers.com/forums/gimp-dev...ssage68021

-Adjusting tile cache size (ram/memory management)
Context: http://www.gimpusers.com/forums/gimp-dev...ssage68028
The above two links are from the same thread, specific posts.

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Aug 25, 2013, 17:46
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
The starting file size is generally around 7 MB. I have turned off color management and increased the tile cache.

I agree that it seems to be a rare problem, which is strange. Also, it does seem to be some sort of file management issue, as the program works fine once the file is loaded.

I tried dragging and dropping, and that seems to work much better. I guess that is what I will do until the next version comes out.
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Nov 5, 2013, 13:36
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
Thanks for all the help here. Just to update, I updated to 2.8.8 and that made the problem even worse. Any file management (opening, saving, etc.) would freeze gimp for minutes. I then uninstalled and reinstalled to the Program Files (x86) folder instead of Program Files, which is the default. This appears to have fixed the problem.
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Nov 17, 2013, 03:36
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Umm, I lied. Now that it's been on there a while, any file management is really slow. Selecting File>Export freezes the program for about a minute. However drag and drop still works quickly.

This is really frustrating and is making me strongly consider purchasing another program.
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Nov 17, 2013, 07:13
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
(Nov 17, 2013 03:36)millsware Wrote:  Umm, I lied. Now that it's been on there a while, any file management is really slow. Selecting File>Export freezes the program for about a minute. However drag and drop still works quickly.

This is really frustrating and is making me strongly consider purchasing another program.

Perhaps you mean you were "mistaken?" Lying won;t get you anywhere at worse will get you undesired results from any help given.


With that behind us, maybe the images/files you are opening/ exporting are bigger than the ram you have left over.

For the export, you can try flushing your undo states before you export, they can take up alot of ram especially working with a 7mb file!

*By the way, I don't remember you saying how much ram you had?
Also how big is your HD & how much free space do you have? (click once on c: drive to check HD ammount/free)*


If after trying the undo flush, it still is slow and its not system related/disk.
There are other free options, paint.net is a popular stable one also maybe krita
More here:
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/11-free-alt...photoshop/

Inkscape is a vector program (2d art) but might work well for images to scale without pixelation, file sizes could be big as I don't think there is much compression.

Hope this helps Smile
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Feb 2, 2014, 03:51
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
Thanks again everyone for your help. I think I've finally narrowed down the problem, so I'll put it here for anyone else who is having a similar issue.

I notice that on my desktop when I go to open or save files when a disk is in the dvd drive, GIMP tries to access that drive and is very slow. I realized that I usually have a disk in the drive in my laptop as well, so I took it out and things seem to be much quicker.

Is there a way to tell GIMP not to try and access an optical media drive?
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Feb 2, 2014, 12:04
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I never noticed it in my laptop because it is much quieter than in my desktop.
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Feb 3, 2014, 01:23
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
(Feb 2, 2014 12:04)millsware Wrote:  I never noticed it in my laptop because it is much quieter than in my desktop.

I know ^^ It's awesome too, but can be troublesome like in this case. I think the desktops are louder because of the shape/housing (more square) The laptop discdrives are more flush with the computer case so somehow it acts like a shock-absorber on automobiles.

Try & make it a habbit to remove the disc when not in use as it will spin up even when starting the computer possibly slowing down your boot-time.
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Aug 8, 2018, 05:25
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RE: gimp 2.8.6 very slow to open files
(Aug 19, 2013 00:28)millsware Wrote:  I've recently updated to 2.8.6. I've noticed that opening files is extremely slow. Once the file is open it works fine, but it takes way too much time, even just opening folders. I use the program for photo editing. Does anyone know of any fixes for this?

Hi, I had the same problem, this is how I fixed it...

1 Remove any disk from your CD rom/DVD drive.

2 In Bios disable the legacy A: floppy drive.

If Gimp (and some other programs), think these drives exist, they will wait for the drive to 'time out'.
You will usually see 'not responding' in title bar of the program (in this case gimp) while this is occurring.

Hope this helps.
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Aug 8, 2018, 05:46
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This forum has been DEAD for a long time and the spammers keep trying to take over.

Save yourself from them and go to https://www.gimp-forum.net instead
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