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From: Ihor Radchenko <yantar92@gmail.com>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: [patch suggestion] Mitigating the poor Emacs performance on huge org files: Do not use overlays for PROPERTY and LOGBOOK drawers
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2020 14:55:39 +0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <87h7x9e5jo.fsf@localhost> (raw)

Emacs becomes very slow when opening and moving around huge org files
with many drawers. I have reported this issue last year in bug-gnu-emacs
[1] and there have been other reports on the same problem in the
internet [2]. You can easily see this problem using the attached file if
you try to move down the lines when all the headings are folded. Moving
a single line down may take over 10 seconds in the file.

According to the reply to my initial emacs bug report [1], the reasons
of performance degradation is huge number of overlays created by org in
the PROPERTY and LOGBOOK drawers. Emacs must loop over all those
overlays every time it calculates where the next visible line is
located. So, one way to improve the performance would be reducing the
number of overlays.

I have been looking into usage of overlays in the org-mode code recently
and tried to redefine org-flag-region to use text properties instead of
overlays:

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
(defun org-flag-region (from to flag spec)
  "Hide or show lines from FROM to TO, according to FLAG.
SPEC is the invisibility spec, as a symbol."
  (pcase spec
    ;; outlines must still use overlays because they rely on
    ;; 'reveal-toggle-invisible feature from reveal.el
    ;; That only works for overlays
    ('outline 
     (remove-overlays from to 'invisible spec)
     ;; Use `front-advance' since text right before to the beginning of
     ;; the overlay belongs to the visible line than to the contents.
     (when flag
       (let ((o (make-overlay from to nil 'front-advance)))
	 (overlay-put o 'evaporate t)
	 (overlay-put o 'invisible spec)
	 (overlay-put o 'isearch-open-invisible #'delete-overlay))))
    (_
     (let ((inhibit-modification-hooks t))
       (remove-text-properties from to '(invisible nil))
       ;; Use `front-advance' since text right before to the beginning of
       ;; the overlay belongs to the visible line than to the contents.
       (when flag
	 (put-text-property from to 'rear-non-sticky t)
	 (put-text-property from to 'front-sticky t)
	 (put-text-property from to 'invisible spec)
         ;; no idea if 'isearch-open-invisible is needed for text
         ;; properties 
	 ;; (overlay-put o 'isearch-open-invisible #'delete-overlay)
	 )))))
#+end_src

To my surprise, the patch did not break org to unusable state and
the performance on the sample org file [3] improved drastically. You can
try by yourself!

However, this did introduce some visual glitches with drawer display.
Though drawers can still be folded/unfolded with <tab>, they are not
folded on org-mode startup for some reason (can be fixed by running
(org-cycle-hide-drawers 'all)). Also, some drawers (or parts of drawers)
are unfolded for no apparent reason sometimes. A blind guess is that it
is something to do with lack of 'isearch-open-invisible, which I am not
sure how to set via text properties.

Any thoughts about the use of text properties or about the patch
suggestion are welcome.  

Best,
Ihor

[1] https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnu-emacs/2019-04/msg01387.html
[2] https://www.reddit.com/r/orgmode/comments/e9p84n/scaling_org_better_to_use_more_medsize_files_or/
[3] See the attached org file in my Emacs bug report: https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnu-emacs/2019-04/txte6kQp35VOm.txt

-- 
Ihor Radchenko,
PhD,
Center for Advancing Materials Performance from the Nanoscale (CAMP-nano)
State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China
Email: yantar92@gmail.com, ihor_radchenko@alumni.sutd.edu.sg



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2020-04-24  6:55 Ihor Radchenko [this message]
2020-04-24  8:02 ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-04-25  0:29   ` stardiviner
2020-04-26 16:04   ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-04 16:56     ` Karl Voit
2020-05-07  7:18       ` Karl Voit
2020-05-09 15:43       ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-07 11:04     ` Christian Heinrich
2020-05-09 15:46       ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-08 16:38     ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-09 13:58       ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-09 16:22         ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-09 17:21           ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-10  5:25             ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-10  9:47               ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-10 13:29                 ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-10 14:46                   ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-10 16:21                     ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-10 16:38                       ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-10 17:08                         ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-10 19:38                           ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-09 15:40       ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-09 16:30         ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-09 17:32           ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-09 18:06             ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-10 14:59               ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-10 15:15                 ` Kyle Meyer
2020-05-10 16:30                 ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-10 19:32                   ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-12 10:03                     ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-17 15:00                     ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-17 15:40                       ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-18 14:35                         ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-18 16:52                           ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-19 13:07                             ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-05-23 13:52                               ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-23 13:53                                 ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-23 15:26                                   ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-05-26  8:33                                 ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-06-02  9:21                                   ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-02  9:23                                     ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-02 12:10                                       ` Bastien
2020-06-02 13:12                                         ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-02 13:23                                           ` Bastien
2020-06-02 13:30                                             ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-02  9:25                                     ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-05  7:26                                     ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-06-05  8:18                                       ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-05 13:50                                         ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-06-08  5:05                                           ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-08  5:06                                             ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-08  5:08                                             ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-10 17:14                                             ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-06-21  9:52                                               ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-06-21 15:01                                                 ` Nicolas Goaziou
2020-08-11  6:45                                               ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-08-11 23:07                                                 ` Kyle Meyer
2020-08-12  6:29                                                   ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-09-20  5:53                                                     ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-09-20 11:45                                                       ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-09-22  9:05                                                         ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-09-22 10:00                                                           ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-09-23  6:16                                                             ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-09-23  6:48                                                               ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-09-23  7:09                                                                 ` Bastien
2020-09-23  7:30                                                                   ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-09-24 18:07                                                                 ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-09-25  2:16                                                                   ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-12-15 17:38                                                                     ` [9.4] Fixing logbook visibility during isearch Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-12-16  3:15                                                                       ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-12-16 18:05                                                                         ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-12-17  3:18                                                                           ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-12-17 14:50                                                                             ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-12-18  2:23                                                                               ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-12-24 23:37                                                                                 ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-12-25  2:51                                                                                   ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-12-25 10:59                                                                                     ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-12-25 12:32                                                                                       ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-12-25 21:35                                                                                     ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-12-26  4:14                                                                                       ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-12-26 11:44                                                                                         ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2020-12-26 12:22                                                                                           ` Ihor Radchenko
2020-12-04  5:58                                                       ` [patch suggestion] Mitigating the poor Emacs performance on huge org files: Do not use overlays for PROPERTY and LOGBOOK drawers Ihor Radchenko
2021-03-21  9:09                                                         ` Ihor Radchenko
2021-05-03 17:28                                                           ` Bastien
2021-09-21 13:32                                                             ` Timothy
2021-10-26 17:25                                                               ` Matt Price
2021-10-27  6:27                                                                 ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:37                                                             ` [PATCH 00/35] Merge org-fold feature branch Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:37                                                               ` [PATCH 01/35] Add org-fold-core: new folding engine Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:37                                                               ` [PATCH 02/35] Separate folding functions from org.el into new library: org-fold Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:37                                                               ` [PATCH 03/35] Separate cycling functions from org.el into new library: org-cycle Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:37                                                               ` [PATCH 04/35] Remove functions from org.el that are now moved elsewhere Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:37                                                               ` [PATCH 05/35] Disable native-comp in agenda Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:37                                                               ` [PATCH 06/35] org-macs: New function org-find-text-property-region Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:37                                                               ` [PATCH 07/35] org-at-heading-p: Accept optional argument Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 08/35] org-string-width: Reimplement to work with new folding Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 09/35] Rename old function call to use org-fold Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 10/35] Implement link folding Ihor Radchenko
2022-05-04  6:13                                                                 ` [BUG] 67275f4 broke evil-search " Tom Gillespie
2022-05-04  6:38                                                                   ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 11/35] Implement overlay- and text-property-based versions of some functions Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 12/35] org-fold: Handle indirect buffer visibility Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 13/35] Fix subtle differences between overlays and invisible text properties Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 14/35] Support extra org-fold optimisations for huge buffers Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 15/35] Alias new org-fold functions to their old shorter names Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 16/35] Obsolete old function names that are now in org-fold Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 17/35] org-compat: Work around some third-party packages using outline-* functions Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 18/35] Move `org-buffer-list' to org-macs.el Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 19/35] Restore old visibility behaviour of org-refile Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 20/35] Add org-fold-related tests Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 21/35] org-manual: Update to new org-fold function names Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 22/35] ORG-NEWS: Add list of changes Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 20:31                                                                 ` New folding backend & outline (was: [PATCH 22/35] ORG-NEWS: Add list of changes) Kévin Le Gouguec
2022-01-30  2:15                                                                   ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 23/35] Backport contributed commits Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 24/35] Fix typo: delete-duplicates → delete-dups Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 25/35] Fix bug in org-get-heading Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 26/35] Rename remaining org-force-cycle-archived → org-cycle-force-archived Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 27/35] Fix org-fold--hide-drawers--overlays Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 28/35] org-string-width: Handle undefined behaviour in older Emacs Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 29/35] org-string-width: Work around `window-pixel-width' bug in old Emacs Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 30/35] org-fold-show-set-visibility: Fix edge case when folded region is at BOB Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 31/35] org-fold-core: Fix fontification inside folded regions Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 32/35] test-org/string-width: Add tests for strings with prefix properties Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 33/35] org--string-from-props: Fix handling folds in Emacs <28 Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 34/35] org-link-make-string: Throw error when both LINK and DESCRIPTION are empty Ihor Radchenko
2022-01-29 11:38                                                               ` [PATCH 35/35] test-ol/org-toggle-link-display: Fix compatibility with old Emacs Ihor Radchenko
2022-02-03  6:27                                                               ` [PATCH 00/35] Merge org-fold feature branch Bastien
2022-02-03  7:07                                                                 ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:23                                                                   ` [PATCH v2 00/38] Final call for comments: " Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:23                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 01/38] Add org-fold-core: new folding engine--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:24                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 02/38] Separate folding functions from org.el into new library: org-fold Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:24                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 03/38] Separate cycling functions from org.el into new library: org-cycle Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:24                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 04/38] Remove functions from org.el that are now moved elsewhere Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:24                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 05/38] Disable native-comp in agendaIt caused cryptic bugs in the past Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:24                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 06/38] org-macs: New function org-find-text-property-region--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:24                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 07/38] org-at-heading-p: Accept optional argument* lisp/org.el (org-at-heading-p): Use second argument to allow Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:25                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 08/38] org-string-width: Reimplement to work with new folding Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:25                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 09/38] Rename old function call to use org-fold--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:25                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 10/38] Implement link folding* lisp/ol.el (org-link--link-folding-spec): Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:25                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 11/38] Implement overlay- and text-property-based versions of some functions Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:25                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 12/38] org-fold: Handle indirect buffer visibility--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:25                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 13/38] Fix subtle differences between overlays and invisible text properties Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:25                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 14/38] Support extra org-fold optimisations for huge buffers Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:25                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 15/38] Alias new org-fold functions to their old shorter names Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:25                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 16/38] Obsolete old function names that are now in org-fold--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:26                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 17/38] org-compat: Work around some third-party packages using outline-* functions Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:26                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 18/38] Move `org-buffer-list' to org-macs.el--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:26                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 19/38] Restore old visibility behaviour of org-refile--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:26                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 20/38] Add org-fold-related tests--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:26                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 21/38] org-manual: Update to new org-fold function names--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:26                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 22/38] ORG-NEWS: Add list of changes--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:26                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 23/38] Backport contributed commits--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:26                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 24/38] Fix typo: delete-duplicates → delete-dups Anders Johansson
2022-04-20 13:26                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 25/38] Fix bug in org-get-headingFixes #26, where fontification could make the matching and extraction of heading Anders Johansson
2022-04-20 13:27                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 26/38] Rename remaining org-force-cycle-archived Anders Johansson
2022-04-20 13:27                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 27/38] Fix org-fold--hide-drawers--overlays--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:27                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 28/38] org-string-width: Handle undefined behaviour in older Emacs Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:27                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 29/38] org-string-width: Work around `window-pixel-width' bug in old Emacs Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:27                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 30/38] org-fold-show-set-visibility: Fix edge case when folded region is at BOB Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:28                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 31/38] org-fold-core: Fix fontification inside folded regions Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:28                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 32/38] test-org/string-width: Add tests for strings with prefix properties Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:28                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 33/38] org--string-from-props: Fix handling folds in Emacs <28 Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:28                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 34/38] org-link-make-string: Throw error when both LINK and DESCRIPTION are empty Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:28                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 35/38] test-ol/org-toggle-link-display: Fix compatibility with old Emacs Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:28                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 36/38] org-macs.el: Fix fontification checks take 2--- Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:28                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 37/38] org-fold-core-fontify-region: Fix cases when fontification is not registered Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 13:28                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 38/38] org-agenda.el: Re-enable native compilation* lisp/org-agenda.el: Re-enable native compilation as it does not Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 14:47                                                                     ` [PATCH v2 00/38] Final call for comments: Merge org-fold feature branch Bastien
2022-04-20 15:38                                                                       ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-20 16:22                                                                         ` Bastien
2022-04-21  6:01                                                                           ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-21  6:55                                                                             ` Bastien
2022-04-21  9:27                                                                               ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-21  9:43                                                                                 ` Bastien
2022-04-22 18:54                                                                     ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2022-04-25 11:44                                                                       ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-25 13:02                                                                         ` Bastien
2022-04-25 13:25                                                                           ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-25 14:05                                                                             ` Bastien
2022-04-26 11:48                                                                               ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-25 11:45                                                                       ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-04-26  6:10                                                                         ` Kévin Le Gouguec
2022-05-03  4:44                                                                     ` [ISSUE] org-fold does not support auto-reveal for some external package commands Christopher M. Miles
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2022-05-03  6:33                                                                       ` Ihor Radchenko
2022-05-03 10:19                                                                         ` [DONE] " Christopher M. Miles

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