Gwenview slow to open

After the latest update Gwenview takes 20-25 seconds to open on my system.

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My desktop system.

System:    Host: brick Kernel: 5.4.5-arch1-1 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.2.0 
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.17.4 tk: Qt 5.13.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM 
           Distro: Arch Linux 
Machine:   Type: Desktop Mobo: Micro-Star model: B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) v: 1.0 
           serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends v: 3.30 date: 09/17/2019 
CPU:       Topology: 6-Core model: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen+ rev: 2 
           L2 cache: 3072 KiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm 
           bogomips: 81617 
           Speed: 1496 MHz min/max: 1550/3400 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2253 
           2: 1933 3: 1550 4: 1550 5: 1559 6: 1550 7: 1550 8: 1550 9: 1758 10: 2443 11: 1540 
           12: 1550 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] vendor: driver: nvidia 
           v: 440.44 bus ID: 26:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1184 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.6 driver: nvidia compositor: kwin_x11 tty: N/A 
           Message: Unable to show advanced data. Required tool glxinfo missing. 
Audio:     Device-1: NVIDIA GK104 HDMI Audio vendor: driver: snd_hda_intel 
           v: kernel bus ID: 26:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0e0a 
           Device-2: AMD Family 17h HD Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: snd_hda_intel 
           v: kernel bus ID: 28:00.3 chip ID: 1022:1457 
           Device-3: Logitech USB Headset H540 type: USB 
           driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus ID: 1-4:2 chip ID: 046d:0a37 
           serial: <filter> 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.5-arch1-1 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
           vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel port: f000 bus ID: 22:00.0 
           chip ID: 10ec:8168 
           IF: enp34s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 5.91 TiB used: 1.30 TiB (22.0%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB 
           speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 2B6Q scheme: MBR 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Crucial model: CT500MX500SSD1 size: 465.76 GiB 
           speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 022 scheme: MBR 
           ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Seagate model: ST5000DM000-1FK178 size: 4.55 TiB 
           speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 5980 rpm serial: <filter> rev: CC48 scheme: GPT 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 57.42 GiB used: 17.02 GiB (29.6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 
           ID-2: /home size: 842.36 GiB used: 158.61 GiB (18.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3 
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 15.62 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda4 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 39.5 C mobo: 33.0 C gpu: nvidia temp: 36 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): fan-1: 0 fan-2: 1068 fan-3: 727 fan-4: 0 fan-5: 1109 fan-6: 1104 
           gpu: nvidia fan: 41% 
Info:      Processes: 282 Uptime: 11m Memory: 15.65 GiB used: 1.83 GiB (11.7%) Init: systemd 
           v: 244 Compilers: gcc: 9.2.0 Shell: bash v: 5.0.11 running in: konsole 
           inxi: 3.0.37

There is a KDE bug filed since August:

As a temporary solution I downgraded Gwenview.
From: gwenview-19.12.0-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
To: gwenview-19.08.3-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz

And the delay is gone. Hopefully KDE/Plasma can fix this slowness quickly, although I’m not holding my breath.

I know they are working on this for the next Plasma release.

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I am using the 19.12 version on vbox and there is no delay. It opens instantly on my system. It literally opens one two!

@ricklinux , the frustrating part of this is it seems to be hit-or-miss. Some systems work fine, others like mine do not. That’s what makes it so hard to diagnose.

I do have a rather powerful system but it probably doesn’t have anything to do with that either. 20-25 seconds would really be an issue for sure.