All posts by Christoph Cullmann

Dr.-Ing. Christoph Cullmann is a Senior Software Engineer at AbsInt Angewandte Informatik GmbH. His work is focused on static analysis of both binary and source programs and the WCET analysis of embedded systems. In his spare time, he works on the KDE project and maintains the Kate editor application and component.

Maintainer Needed: Kate – External Tools Plugin

The “External Tools” plugin is one of the oldest plugins of Kate. A big hug to Anders Lund for writing it years ago, a lot of people enjoyed using it.

It allows the user to specify own commands (aka snippets of shell programs) to be executed with the text of the current document or the current file.

Basic stuff you can do with it:

  • Create you a little command that shows an Git/SVN/… diff of current file
  • Sort the file with command line sort program (or more advanced scripts)
  • Pipe the text of the document into your most loved perl script

Unfortunately there is no maintainer for it at the moment. Therefore it will be disabled for KDE 4.8, as a lot of bugs sneaked into it during the late 3.x and whole 4.x life-cycle. (Mostly because of bad porting done by me and others and no time to fixup any real bugs)

If you want to step up for maintainer ship, please contact me ( or

Thanks a lot in advance ;P

Btw., some of the bugs (now no longer valid but interesting for future maintainers):


KDE 4.6.5 > StarCraft 2

I normally enjoy StarCraft 2 in the evening a bit or like now, if it is raining and I have no fun in any more real work.

But just now and some days ago, it has again proven, KDE > StarCraft 2.

Just again, StarCraft 2 (played with wine, thanks a lot wine team, you do a great job!) got sluggish and then terminated.
A quick dmesg call shows the cause.
Like last time, the OOM killer got me.

Now, first I thought: What, this stupid game uses more than my 4 GB of RAM? (I have no swap, have only one ssd)
But now, the reason is much easier: KDE has beaten StarCraft 2…. (even if we call it KDE SC, it still not loves SC 2 :)

Looking at my process table, is is just clear: StarCraft 2 is the biggest memory user, that is just normal, around 2.5 GB, at peak.
But no reason to crash, or? With 4 GB.
But wait, I let my kontact run the background, big failure.

My stats here:

Kontact and co, just only taken the > 50 MB RSS offenders, there are lot of other smaller processes running around:

cullmann 1452 2.1 10.7 1243552 436228 ? Sl 11:05 9:33 /usr/bin/kontact
cullmann 1132 0.5 9.6 813136 391996 ? S 10:38 2:33 /usr/bin/akonadi_nepomuk_email_feeder –identifier akonadi_nepomuk_email_feeder
cullmann 1127 2.6 1.3 550532 54860 ? Sl 10:38 12:13 /usr/bin/akonadi_imap_resource –identifier akonadi_imap_resource_0
cullmann 1060 2.0 2.8 481124 114288 ? Sl 10:38 9:34 /usr/bin/mysqld –defaults-file=/home/cullmann/.local/share/akonadi//mysql.conf –datadir=/h

Summa around 1 GB, with the smaller ones.

+ my friend the semantic desktop :/
cullmann 1104 41.6 2.1 168752 88320 ? SNl 10:38 193:59 /usr/bin/virtuoso-t +foreground +configfile /tmp/virtuoso_hX1095.ini +wait

The planet is no place for bugs, I know, but anyway, this is no bug report. What should I report at all? That just using KDE + Kontact eats >> 1 GB of my RAM and virtuoso around 40% of my CPU? And yes, it even uses that with Kontact shutdown and all other apps closed… And no, I have no indexing active, that OOM’d me last time, even before Kontact + Akonadi on :/

I kind of think, we need to improve in that area, really.
Beside, in the old days, if Kontact did take too much RAM, I just closed it, now, still the akonadi parts + mysql stay alive, with around 1/2 GB memory usage :/
Guess need to kill them hard before starting to play :)

A lot of persons at work switched back to GNOME or whatever, because we can’t get rid of these problems. Either kdeinit eats our CPU (with Ubuntu Natty) or nepomuk/strigi/akonadi and Co. eat the memory + fill our NFS homes :/ And no, we don’t do bug reports for this, as these are not reproducable problems. (Beside the memory usage I guess and that virtuoso runs amok, but that are known issues if you look at our bug tracker)

Good side of things: In that light, Kate’s memory usage is kind of non-existing in comparison :P

I will continue to use KDE for sure and try to be more clever and shut down Kontact and co before playing (and turn of nepomuk completly, even if I get here and then a error message because of this) or I will just buy more RAM, 4GB to ease the pain should be not the biggest issue. Happy enough, at work I have anyway 8GB or more in every workstation because of our static analysis software needing it ;)

KDE Everywhere?

My last post mentioned Necessitas which provides the means to have Qt on Android.
Whereas still a early preview release, it already allows you to compile and run Qt applications on Android >= 1.6 without any big hassle and integrates that into QtCreator!

I tried out the SDK in the last days, it is really easy to use and setup, like seen here and here (with good video that shows the steps).

What is missing here? KDE :)

I think a nice thing to have would be a port of parts of kdelibs, like the embedded profile or how you name it and providing an app like Ministro in Necessitas that allows a system wide install of this libs.
Having tried Ministro and the example app from the market, that works like a charm for Qt already. I would love to see that for kdelibs as well. Then really a lot of users are just two clicks away from great KDE apps like the good edu stuff and games which really can fly on phones and even more tablets ;)
Embedded developers with spare time: Get the fame and port it .P

I doubt Kate itself would make a good appearance on a phone, and I doubt even I would use it there. But for tablets? Who knows, that might be nice for the “I hack one liners during Fringe” session in the evening.