Can I run ImageMagick with nice instead of GDLibrary?

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JohnnyS / 5 Points
2011-12-29 6:51 pm EST
I had a quick question on CPU usage for gallery2 during image conversion.

Has anyone tried using ImageMagick "nice'd" in WebHostingHub's shared hosting as opposed to the default GD library that WHH provides? I had switched to using ImageMagick (without niceing) and ended up getting my account temporarily suspended after uploading many pictures (hadn't realized it would hit the server so hard).

I've switched to GD on WHH's recommendation, but I suspect it would actually be more CPU (and memory) efficient to use ImageMagick with nice -n 19 (would require some PHP edits to get this) since ImageMagick itself is more CPU / memory efficient and with a nice value of 19 it should not hog CPU time from other people.

I was curious if anyone in the community had tried this?

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13,688 Points
2011-12-29 8:02 pm EST
Hi JohnnyS,

I'm sorry you had trouble with your images using ImageMagick. While it's true that on some servers ImageMagick may perform more efficiently thatn GD Library, on our servers, it's best to use GD Library for your image processing.

While reducing the priority of the ImageMagick process could help reduce CPU usage for a specific time period, it could also make the process last too long which could in turn cause issues.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or need further assistance.


Christi N.

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