On Fri, 2004-05-28 at 21:39, Will Cohen wrote:
I am thinking about ways to measure the startup time for various
applications. Obviously, a common one used is how soon after a menu item
is selected can I do something in the application. However, this does
not lend itself to being automated.
I assume that most of the applications can be launched from a command
line. Are there applications or applets that are started from the menu
and do not have corresponding command line invocations?
How similar are the gnome applications in startup? Do they use the same
set of libraries? Would it be possible to have instrument a function in
a common shared library that generally indicates that the application
has initialized everything and is just waiting for the user to do
I'm not sure there is a reliable way to detect when an application has
finished startup. Perhaps the first time the main loop goes idle would
be a good indicator but I think you have difficulty distinguishing
between that case and the case of the app blocking on the result of a
To give you an idea of where a GNOME application starting up spends its
time see this:
The only things really specific to the panel in this is the loading of
main menu and applets/launchers.