I’m having an usability issue with Eeschema - everytime I try to place a new component, it takes ~10s for component chooser dialog to open.
I’m using the latest KiCad 5.1.9 (installed from scratch, after removing prior version and per-user appdata).
This is actually a long-standing issue for me since earlier version of KiCad5. I’ve been staying with KiCad4 due to this issue, but now checking to see if I can migrate.
I traced kicad.exe with Process Monitor, and found huge amount of file accesses to *.lib files every time.
Here’s the screenshot of this disturbing activity:
As you can see, loading started at around 0:34:22 and ended at around 0:34:30 - taking 8s.
These library files are placed on recent PCIe NVMe SSD. Also,this PC has 40GB RAM, so these files are presumed to be in memory cache as well. I have no third-party Antivirus software installed except genuine Windows one.
This looks like very inefficient file accesses happening here. This has been a blocker for me to use KiCad5 for years. Is it just me seeing this? Do all other people just wait for ~10s for each component placement? Is there anything I can do about it?
=== Version information ===
Version: (5.1.9)-1, release build
libcurl/7.71.0 OpenSSL/1.1.1g (Schannel) zlib/1.2.11 brotli/1.0.7 libidn2/2.3.0 libpsl/0.21.0 (+libidn2/2.3.0) libssh2/1.9.0 nghttp2/1.41.0
Platform: Windows 8 (build 9200), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW
wxWidgets: 3.0.5 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.9.1
Compiler: GCC 10.2.0 with C++ ABI 1014