I'd like to suggest having an option to control IDEA cache size.
I have two moderately sized projects developed for Java 1.5 (no more projects in IDEA, no other JDKs). And the cache (system\caches) is already 850 MB, almost three times (!) bigger than both projects + JDK alltogether (it doesn't even sound as a "cache" to me - which is usually smaller but more critical part of data).
I'd suggest there was an option to limit the cache size. Or, even better, cache storage format could be optimized.
Even plain ZipStream usage for individual plain-text parts of content.dat.storageData would have cut off about half of that size, I guess.
And I don't think it will make anything slower. IMO quick decompression will outperform disk reading speed here.
As long as you do not try to compress the whole file in "solid" mode. And you can still have content.dat.storageRecordIndex
The main reason for this suggestion is that IDEA cache has grown significantly.
I used to put IDEA system folder onto RAM drive for HDD peace and superb performance.
However, as of not so long ago 1 GB disk is not enough anymore.
I don't want to sacrifice another block of precious memory. And it seems to me the situation can be improved.
Anyway I'm interested in any comments you might have on this suggestion.
P.S. Posting to forum does not work in Opera 10.5x - post text editor does not appear. It'd rather "degrade" nicely and show at least plain textarea.