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Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,253 Points

Is Compass memory-intensive?

Hi there,

This is a question for Guil Hernandez or anyone else who might know, :)

I've been looking into Compass over the last couple of days. It loads correctly and works fine up until I start to watch a particular scss file.

compass watch prj.scss

I've lost several minutes to a frozen computer and it seems to swamp both a RAM and the CPU.

Is this normal for Compass? I've never had this issue for Sss.

1 Answer

Guil Hernandez
Guil Hernandez
Treehouse Teacher

Hi Jonathan Grieve,

It's not uncommon – see here. How big is your project? Looks like Grunt or Gulp can alleviate a lot of this.

Looking to do some vids on those soon. :)

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,253 Points

Hi Guil Hernandez

I'm so sorry I never saw your reply to this until today lol

It wasn't really a big project. I've only just gotten into Compass (loving the Compass Basics course by the way) so really all I was doing was taking Compass for a test drive.

Not sure what Grunt and gulp are yet but any help with this would be great because I'd really like to get into some Compass practice. I tend to think of it as like Bootstrap but for Sass. I'll have another go at the watch command tomorrow

Thanks for your link as well. :)

Edit: By the way I use Compass with Windows 7 on MS-DOS prompt via Ruby. I have about 2Gb of RAM but I figure Compass should be okay if I can get along with Regular Sass just fine. :-)

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,253 Points

Unfortunately it's still happening. After trying to create compass projects in various locations around my computer, the watch command swamps the CPU although it was slightly better than the otherday it's unmanagable