View Full Version : GAL on large forums

01-31-2008, 04:54 PM
I noticed in the cart that it said GAL is not for large forums. What constitutes large, and are there any plans to make it compatible with large forums?

01-31-2008, 05:40 PM
Large is hard to specify, as it depends on what hardware you have supporting your site, how much traffic you get, etcetera. To use thevbgeek.com as an example, GAL works okay with the current traffic, hardware, and stats:

Threads: 3,392, Posts: 20,799, Members: 3,992

The current GAL 6 release is from the GAL 5 code. Before The Geek left, he was working on a different GAL 6 that was to be better optimized. There is a thread about it and its possible release here (http://www.thevbgeek.com/showthread.php?t=3863) but currently I do not have a copy of that code and cannot tell you if/when I'd get a copy or if/when a new GAL release would be made.

02-01-2008, 01:37 AM
We have pretty beefy hardware. We are running 4.8 and haven't had any problems so far.

Current stats:
Members: 8,071
Threads: 24,342
Posts: 265,033

That said, we'd still be interested in the most efficient version possible.

02-01-2008, 03:29 PM
Hopefully someone with a larger board, who has updated from v.4.8 to v.6.0 can give you some feedback. I started with the GAL 5 code base and haven't looked at the GAL 4 code base to see what extra weight was added. My guess is that rebuilding post cache could be a problem so if I were you, I'd consider waiting until/if/when I get a copy of The Geek's GAL 6 but it may take a looong time, assuming I get a copy, before a new release is available.

02-02-2008, 12:18 AM
According to my Admin CP my forums have a server load average between 0.5 and 2.5 usually

Members: 4,663
Threads: 12,921
Posts: 219,905

I have around 100 entries in GAL if that makes much of a difference.

Currently running GAL 6.02

02-02-2008, 02:08 AM
I know it's not much of a help...

I've used to run (about 2-2.5 year ago) GAL for a few weeks on our board and at that time there was a considerable slowdown (thus I removed it). Unfortunately I don't have any experience with the new code bases...

Members: 140,147
Threads: 123,894
Posts: 1,318,346

03-11-2008, 10:40 PM
I am running it and it's working fine so far.....


Threads: 128,690
Posts: 1,088,535
Members: 6,769

04-02-2008, 12:22 AM
call me a noob but why should you not use this on large forums?

Lizard King
04-02-2008, 01:28 PM
Because it adds 4 or 5 queries on showthread pages

12-12-2010, 04:40 AM
here's a thought...why not create a version of GAL which puts the actual BBCode for links into the posts after the "edit" time expires for users to edit their posts? this way there will be no extra queries at all. it's a static link and not actually querying during each post view.