Re: Etch becoming slower than Sarge?
On Thu, Jan 04, 2007 at 08:47:48PM +0000, andy wrote:
> ?ukasz Andrzejak wrote:
> >On 1/4/07, *Kumar Appaiah* <firstname.lastname@example.org
> ><mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
> > A couple of my friends who were using Sarge, on machines with 128 MB
> > of RAM and 256 MB of RAM have complained that an upgrade from Sarge to
> > Etch has slowed their machine down considerably. This is irrespective
> > of the Window Manager. Is there any particular reason why this could
> I must put my hand up: I am running the vanilla Gnome DE and there are
> probably loads of services that I don't need and several I don't want.
> Ordinarily I would run XFce but wanted to play in Candy Land for a while
> with an all singing, all dancing, bells and whistles, bloated DE. Also,
> I got lazy and fed up with configuring the XFce menus on Etch in the way
> I used to use them on Slackware. Methinks I will need to beef up on
> Gnome and the services it runs by default, what they do, and how to turn
> them off or configure them. If anyone has any specific recommendations
> that would be useful, but in the meantime I'll rummage in the on-line
> Gnome help/info files.
> As an aside, having just double checked, I am supposed to be running 1GB
> of RAM but it is only showing a total of 758MB. Is this typical rounding
> off and 1GB is in reality only 758MB, or is it typical for the full
> amount not to be shown? Seems like missing 250MB of RAM is a fair chunk
> to not show up. What gives?
I run amd64 Etch on an AMD Athlon 3800+, one GB stick DDR2-800 ECC
memory (I know, to really get the dual data rate I need two sticks,
that's next year's upgrade). Since I use SATA drives I couldn't use
Sarge so don't know if Etch is slower on this box. My other box runs
Sarge but its a 486. I would hazzard a guess that my amd64 is faster
than my 486 :-)
My top shows Mem: 1027728k total and under normal load including
watching a DVD is 97% idle, under 1% waiting. I __finally__ figured out
how to get it to use swap and spend some time waiting:
have aptitude upgrading (actual installation not downloading)
run long S.M.A.R.T. self-tests on sda and sdb
(dual SATA drives in raid1)
run a full backup (making tar.bz2 files)
watch a dvd on VLC, deinterlace-blend, expand to full-screen
(1600 x 1200)
Then I use all of 84k swap, wait 25%, idle 94%. Swap is encrypted.
I run icewm via startx when needed. I don't use the gnome desktop but I
do use some gnome apps (galeon, evince, gnumeric).
I wonder if all your memory is working? What does dmesg show?