Improve performance penalty of Objects dialog in current session

Bug #1431274 reported by su_v
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Bug Description

Once the new 'Objects' dialog has been opened in the current session, operations applied to (larger) selections of objects may be slowed down to a degree which makes Inkscape nearly unusable for simplest tasks like deleting objects or grouping/ungrouping a decent amount of selected objects.

Steps to reproduce:
1) launch trunk (default prefs, default new document)
2) open 'Object > Objects...', close the dialog again
3) open a file like e.g. the gnome stencils or Inkscape's symbolic icon set [1]
4) select several objects and delete them

Expected result.
The selected objects are deleted quickly.

Actual results:
Inkscape is unresponsive and spends a long time (at full CPU load) to process the command.

* It does not matter whether the 'Objects' dialog was opened for the same file or not, nor whether it's still open: having it opened once in the current session is sufficient to trigger the reported issue.
* Other affected commands are for example grouping/ungrouping.
* Earlier test (timed) wrt group/ungrouping (comparing trunk with original implementation of the dialog in ponyscape):
* Alternative test case: launch trunk, open & close Objects dialog, import Inkscape's original icon set, ungroup the imported drawing. The reported performance issue seems to depend on using a document with objects in Inkscape layers (not in root directly).

Reproduced with Inkscape 0.91+devel r13995 on OS X 10.7.5

[1] Gnome stencils (symbolic icons):
Inkscape symbolic icons:

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jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :

Reproduced on Windows XP, Inkscape trunk revision 14005.

Changed in inkscape:
status: New → Triaged
su_v (suv-lp)
summary: - trunk: Improve performance penalty of Objects dialog in current session
+ Improve performance penalty of Objects dialog in current session
jazzynico (jazzynico)
Changed in inkscape:
milestone: 0.92 → 0.93
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Reto (norfootek) wrote :

Saved my day! I have literally been waiting hours on Inkscape. I even started doing parallel work so that Inkscape can group/ungroup/delete/duplicate while I do something else...

Since this has been postponed to 0.93, would it be possible to add an obvious disclaimer somewhere for this? It took me 3 months until Inkscape is finally 1000x faster and suddenly very usable.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) wrote :

I've added a hint to the release notes for 0.92.2, hope that can save others some time.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) wrote :

Issue still present in 0.92.x and master branch as of February 25th 2018 (which was when I last compiled them).

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mray (mrayyyy) wrote :

Hi - thanks for reporting this bug, I've manually migrated it to Inkscape's new bug tracker on GitLab, and closed it here. Since I noticed this bug myself in hindsight I don't copy the issue 1:1 but link to this bug.

Please feel free to file new bugs about the issues you're seeing at

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Changed in inkscape:
status: Triaged → Invalid
tags: added: bug-migration
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