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Re: update-menus going higher and higher

On Mon, Sep 27, 1999 at 08:36:48PM +0200, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> On Mon, 27 Sep 1999, Hartmut Koptein wrote:
> > > These day update-menus seems to hang, causing infinite load averages when doing
> > > `apt-get upgrade -u'.
> > 
> > i think it isn't a infinite loop, it is (sometimes) very recursivly but it will 
> > end after 5 - 20 minutes. 
> Well... at least it's something my box (128 MB RAM) cannot handle. I was happy
> I could stop it when the load average was at 63 and 96 MB swap was in use... I
> could do half of the dishwash while waiting for the X server performing the
> switch to VC1 (a text console).

I have had similar problems lately, I did a major upgrade the other
day (about 200 packages upgraded and/or installed) which brought my
system to a screeching halt with load averages over 30.  Lots of
update-menus and dpkg processes running.

Funny thing was, the CPU was 80% to 90% idle.  I was using all 64 megs
of RAM and anywhere from 50 to 95 megs of swap.  I have a feeling that
was the problem, I've noticed disk performance to be really bad.
(This is on a WallStreet Powerbook)


Michael G Schwern                                           schwern@pobox.com

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