ALT+F2 (Run command) takes ages to write a program name

Michael R. Head burner at
Mon Mar 12 18:46:27 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-03-12 at 08:16 +0100, Luca Manganelli wrote:
> On 3/11/07, Michael R. Head <burner at> wrote:
> > I'm not sure how long you mean "ages" to be,
> every time I launch it, I must wait from 4 to 8 seconds to type a
> letter... and it's not good.

If I haven't used Alt-F2 in a while, it does take a few moments for it
to appear, but if I've used it recently, the dialog appears instantly
for me.

> > but the run dialog does do
> > a lot during startup. Notably, it reads a bunch of .desktop files so you
> where are they?

/usr/share/applications, if I'm not mistaken.

> > can complete commands and present the list of applications with their
> > icons. Maybe a reasonable fix would be to have it only search .desktop
> > files when the "Show list of known applications" is ticked open. But
> > that would require some coding...
> Or a sort of caching... I think it should be improved.

Caching occurs automatically in the filesystem when you access the
files. If you don't have a lot of memory available, then less will be
allocated to the file cache and fewer files will fit into it.

Michael R. Head <burner at>
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