IDEA 4.0.3 periodically freezing (win2000)

Hello,

I've been an IntelliJ power user for 2 years now. I first noticed this
on my machine
(Win2K, 512 M RAM, 2.4 ghz) whilst using V 3.x. - it seems to be still
there in v4.0.x

In a nutshell, IDEA periodically "freezes". This mainly seems to happen
when I switch
back & forth between IntelliJ and other application windows. I've tried
everything I can
think of - including setting file synchronization to manual mode,
tweaking the idea.LAX
configuration file, etc. - all to no (or minimal) avail.

Is anyone else having this problem? Any thoughts on a solution?

Best Regards.,
gt_ronalda@yahoo.com

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When you come to back to Idea frame, Idea synchronizes your files. That's why it's freezing.

The best solution is to disabled this option in Settings > General > the 2nd line

However don't forget to use the synchronize command (ctrlaltY) if you change your files in the back of Idea.

Alexis

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It seems to me that Idea should be able to do this synchronization in a background thread for files that aren't currently open (which should always be synchronized first). That way, the whole IDE wouldn't lock up every time synchronization occurs.

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Hi Alexis,

Thanks for your reply. The file synchronisation isn't the problem - I
set that to manual mode.

I figured out that IDEA is constantly garbage collecting. I haven't done
anything to the VM parameters in IDEA.LAX
I guess now it's time to start playing with those.

Anyone have good suggestions for what the VM parameters should be for
maximum performance and minimal
garbage collection?


no_mail@jetbrains.com wrote:

When you come to back to Idea frame, Idea synchronizes your files. That's why it's freezing.

The best solution is to disabled this option in Settings > General > the 2nd line

However don't forget to use the synchronize command (ctrlaltY) if you change your files in the back of Idea.

Alexis

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Modern OSes have mechanism to notify an app that some files changed it is interested in. Why doesn't IDEA make use of it? The cost is only a little OS-dependent code, and a fallback to polling can always exist.

I turned off the auto-sync and IDEA now do not block anymore.

This problem is rather worse when using a ClearCase dynamic view (All the "files" exist in remote server).

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