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Subject: Re: themes, skins, backdrops and RAM usage... (i.e sure to be controversial)

Re: themes, skins, backdrops and RAM usage... (i.e sure to be controversial)

From: Jonathan Gordon <>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:30:49 -0800

2009/12/22 Thomas Martitz <>:
> Am 22.12.2009 20:35, schrieb Jonathan Gordon:
>> If you don't change your theme often (or ever) then a much simpler
>> system makes so much more sense.
> Simply doing 2 passes to know the size is dead simple actually, isn't it?
>> Also, have you thought about how this
>> 2 pass system would work? all skins share a common buffer, which means
>> you need to do the first pass of every skin, then dump the buffer and
>> do the 2nd pass of every skin again which is slow and wasteful.
> I have a high doubt that it's slow. Going from 0.1s to less than 0.2 doesn't
> make a noticeable difference.
>> right now on the e200 93KB + 2x98KB buffers are preallocated whether
>> they are used or not. even cabbie only uses about 20KB of the first
>> buffer, which means that anyone not using themes would regain at the
>> best case nearly 300KB of audio buffer if a simple
>> "tiny/low/medium/high/stupid" setting is used, and that guarantees
>> that during a session, you cannot run out of memory which your and
>> pondlifes suggestion would allow.
> Instead of offering arbitary settings, we could simply allocate the space
> that is needed, accurately to maybe 1k. And of course one can still run out
> of memory with your suggestion, especially if one has chosen the (again,
> arbitary) setting wisely to be as accurate as possible for the current
> theme.
you cant run out of RAM if its only allocated once
Received on 2009-12-23

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