Bug 105827 - splash slower than cairo at rendering a pdf
Summary: splash slower than cairo at rendering a pdf
Alias: None
Product: poppler
Classification: Unclassified
Component: splash backend (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) All
: medium normal
Assignee: poppler-bugs
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Depends on:
Reported: 2018-03-30 23:22 UTC by Kevin
Modified: 2018-08-21 10:36 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Kevin 2018-03-30 23:22:25 UTC
Okular renders some pdfs much slower than Evince, even though both use Poppler for the pdf backend. Apparently, this is because Evince uses the cairo backend of Poppler, while Okular must use splash.

For example, the second page of this pdf
takes over 3 seconds for Okular to render. However, Evince renders it almost instantly.

Or when quickly scrolling through a large pdf, Evince seems to render the pages almost instantly, while Okular renders slower than I can (quickly) scroll. Here is an example large pdf:

I'm using Okular 1.3.3, Evince 3.26.0, and poppler 0.61.1 on Archlinux (with an Intel i7-3720QM @ 2.6GHz).

I initially submitted this bug at
bug was asked to submit it here instead. I apologize if this bug is considered to be a duplicate of some similar bugs:
Comment 1 GitLab Migration User 2018-08-21 10:36:39 UTC
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