Thu, 30 Nov 2006

thunderbird vs sylpheed-claws memory usage

I've been trying out some other email clients lately as thunderbird always seems to be using alot of memory and gets slower after time if it's been open for a long time. I started using sylpheed-claws at work and although it took a little getting used too it seems to be working quite nicely. It's memory usage looks be alot better too (although I don't know how accurate this test is, thunderbird running for a day, sylpheed-claws running for 2 days):
pmap -d thunderbird pid
mapped: 140680K writeable/private: 108296K shared: 1284K

pmap -d sylpheed-claws-gtk2 pid
mapped: 38156K writeable/private: 16136K shared: 1112K

Also, if you plan on installing sylpheed-claws on debian make sure you get the plugins too as they are most useful.
apt-get install sylpheed-claws-gtk2 sylpheed-claws-gtk2-plugins sylpheed-claws-gtk2-extra-plugins

posted at: 19:19 | path: /debian | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 22 Nov 2006

icedove/thunderbird lightning calendar extension on debian etch

I came across this problem of the lightning extension not working on a newly setup debian/etch machine. It would install the extension and seem to load it but it would not load any calendars or allow you to create a calendar. When creating a new calendar it would prompt you for the name but when clicking next nothing would happen. I originally thought it must be the profile I was using but after testing with a clean user it seemed that wasn't the issue either. I decided to try running sunbird on the machine since they are very similar apps and upon running it I got a useful error message!

error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

So it seems it was just missing the standard c++ library it needed. I ran apt-get install libstdc++5 and then uninstalled the extension and installed it again and now it works great.

posted at: 17:43 | path: /general | permanent link to this entry


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