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Just looking at debugging performance on a few big pages on my site. Below are the numbers I got loading a page on localhost, though they are at least twice those numbers on the live site. This is a question with over 100 answers in total, but I show 20 per page. There are 6 comments on a few of the answers, and 1-3 comments on the rest.

Total – 1253.3ms (100%) – PHP 1252.1ms (99%), MySQL 2.4ms (0%), Other 0.0ms (0%) – 45 PHP files, 18 DB queries, 5349k RAM (100%)
Setup – 18.3ms (1%) – PHP 20.0ms (1%), MySQL 0.3ms (0%), Other 0.0ms (0%) – 23 PHP files, 2 DB queries, 1339k RAM (25%)
Control – 944.2ms (75%) – PHP 944.1ms (75%), MySQL 1.4ms (0%), Other 0.0ms (0%) – 7 PHP files, 12 DB queries, 3088k RAM (57%)
View – 204.1ms (16%) – PHP 204.0ms (16%), MySQL 0.0ms (0%), Other 0.1ms (0%) – 10 PHP files, 0 DB queries, 0k RAM (0%)
Theme – 86.6ms (6%) – PHP 84.0ms (6%), MySQL 0.6ms (0%), Other 2.0ms (0%) – 5 PHP files, 4 DB queries, 1281k RAM (23%)

So from the look of it, the "Control" section is taking a lot of time. On other pages it's only around 30-40%. And it's a problem with the PHP processing rather than the MySQL queries. I have tested with all plugins removed and the performance remains the same.

What can I learn from this? And is there any way to further debug performance?

Q2A version: 1.5.3

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'Control' is used in an MVC sense, and is the code that runs on a page before qa_content_prepare() is called. The problem is probably that qa-page-question.php is retrieving and unpacking all of the question's answers from the database, even though it will only show some of them.

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How come it gets all the answers? Can't we do one query to get the total number of answers, then select only the ones needed?
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Yes, I'm sure it could be done better, but it won't be a small amount of work. I'll think about it for 1.6...

In the meantime if you sprinkle a few more qa_usage_mark() calls in qa-page-question.php you should be able to home in on the most problematic part - you'll see more categories in the performance report.
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