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Unable to print large documents in Electron 4, 5 #16813

justin-elliott opened this Issue Feb 7, 2019 · 1 comment


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justin-elliott commented Feb 7, 2019

  • Electron Version (output of node_modules/.bin/electron --version):
    • 4.0.4
    • 5.0.0-beta.2
  • Operating System (Platform and Version):
    • Windows 10 Pro (1803)
  • Last known working Electron version (if applicable):
    • 3.1.3

Expected Behavior

When printing a large document, every page should print successfully.

Actual behavior

When printing a large document, printing fails before completing, or produces a run of blank pages at the end. Given the number of pages involved, 800+, this has only been tested through print-to-file drivers such as Microsoft Print to PDF, and Microsoft XPS Document Writer.

This appears to be memory-related, as memory usage climbs for each additional page spooled. Prior versions of Electron did not exhibit increasing memory usage during page spooling.

To Reproduce

This issue was first observed in a PDF.js-based viewer embedded in our application. I have created a simple application that emulates PDF.js printing behavior, here:

The README contains details of the testing that I have conducted.


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ablesser commented Feb 7, 2019

I've reproduced this with a video showing what happens with windows memory as it creeps up to the 64 gb VMemory limit on my machine and then fails near ~2200 pages out of 2500 using the test app @justin-elliott provided. I also show Resource monitor live monitoring during the process showing electron consuming ungodly amounts of memory (50 + GB) before everything falls over.

Note that the output PDF is 0kb / blank in this case, as the print spooling process (which seems to be running under electron's memory footprint) just seems to fall over.

I also show that windows event viewer triggers a resource exhaustion warning, which may relate to why the process ultimately terminates. Clearly , though this is some sort of memory leak/bloat that didn't exist before.

@sofianguy sofianguy added this to Unsorted Issues in 5.0.x Feb 7, 2019

@sofianguy sofianguy moved this from Unsorted Issues to Doesn't Block Stable in 5.0.x Feb 14, 2019

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