I know this was discussed a year or so back, but the forum search is not providing useful results.
Along with the need to relaunch the IDE every hour or so comes the delay that those of us with large Plugin collections witness. The previous discussion was regarding unzipping the .xojo_plugin files and renaming the resulting folders as .xojo_plugin. We discussed how this change really improved load times of the IDE and I even duplicated it. However, in 19r1.1 and 19.2.1, it seems that the uncompressed versions are being ignored. Did this option go away in the newer IDE?
Fresh Install of 19r2.1 on Linux
Copied the full MBS set to Plugins/MBS/
Unzipped all of the .xojo_plugin files which left the folders
Removed the .xojo_plugin compressed files
Added .xojo_plugin to the folder names
Only the default Xojo plugins were picked up.
Once somebody gets this to work with a large plugin set (MBS complete and perhaps others) could you post how much relative time it saves off the IDE startup? Might be a good trade-off for the Xojo version I use most often.
Now that the folder structure layout is sorted, I’ve tested on macOS and Linux systems and the results are very impressive on a non-SSD system, but less so on an SSD/NVMe system. The round numbers are a 50% improvement at load and a 70% improvement during the initial “Compiling plugins” phases. This is a big difference on a spinning disk since it reduces 102 seconds to 52 seconds on launch and 208 seconds to 59 seconds for the compiling plugins phase. On the NVMe-based Linux system, that was less noticeable since the load time only drops from 68 seconds to 35 seconds and the initial compile time drops from 110 to 38 seconds.
I’ve noticed some improvement on the application link times, but the linking is so variable - even for the same project, that I don’t have hard numbers.
This is with all MBS and Einhugur plugins and 3 of my private plugins installed.
I was actually writing a script, but this from plugin authors would make it so easy. Since disk space no no longer the issue that it was back in the 90’s, and the plugins are pretty fixed once installed, this could be a very good idea. I know that given the option, I’d download the uncompressed plugins - at least until the IDE is stable enough on Linux and Windows to alleviate having to relaunch it 4-5 times a day.
51 seconds with compressed zipped Plugins
47 seconds with uncompressed zipped plugins
33 seconds with unpacked plugins
And as far as I see the speed difference for zip vs. unzip is not very big. The time needed between having Xojo plugin archive and no archive is a significant difference.
So it may be good to write a script in future, so people interested in a faster speed could unpack the plugins themselves.
Or Xojo Inc. could spend some time on getting the loading faster. Seems like the function to work on folder item for temp file take s a long time to find an unique file name!