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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2002 7:08 am    Post subject: System slowdown/non responsive incident Reply with quote

Was trying to post a short while ago when my system all of a sudden came to a crawl with LOTS of disk activity.
Mouse response was just about nil, and nothing else would respond. Ctrl-Alt-BkSpc was ignored (probably
delayed). Attempts to open terminals failed of course. Being paranoid as I am, I couldn't stop myself from
turning the power off. Fortunately my fs was repaired after several minutes. When I had Gnome up and running
again, Galeon crashed when I tried to start it, so I'm guessing it was having issues earlier. A second attempt
to load Galeon prompted me to discard the earlier session, then loaded fine.

Everything seems ok now, was just unsettling.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2002 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you asking a question or just posting a strange experience ?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2002 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds to a problem I'v had on a very old box, it started swapping to disk and I hadn't turned dma on on the hd yet...

check out man hdparm ;)
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2002 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just describing an experience. HD is fine from a config issue. First time anything like this has happened.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2002 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Odd, lets us know if you figure it out.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2002 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shall I become omnipotent, I will indeed :D

I'm thinking it was Galeon related. Perhaps the Galeon crash was dumping info or something.
Deciphering it I think is beyond me at this point... wouldn't even know where to begin.
If it repeats, well, I dunno... I'm just hoping it doesn't.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2002 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would have been dumping alot of information to have caused that huh :)
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2002 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AHA! I am now omnipotent. Or not. Anyway, I was using Gimp prior to the crash and Gimp
itself crashed a couple of times. Will have to use Gimp some more... I bet it is the culprit.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2002 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your using the masked version aren't you ?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2002 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't used a masked version for anything yet. Help -> About reports v1.2.3
Maybe I'll emerge a new version this week.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2002 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a problem like this before, it wasn't on Gentoo but I ended up tracking it down to "slocate -u" which was being run as a daily cron job. dma was enabled and the system was a decent system with tons of ram but it would get to the point where you couldn't do anything including ctrl-alt-backspace although the drive would still be crunching away. Removing the cron job fixed it and I think changing kernels further down the road allowed it to run without problems. Probably not related to your experience, just sharing mine ;)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, this is always updatedb / slocate cronjobs in my experience
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:11 pm    Post subject: Me too with updatedb... Reply with quote

I've had a fair number of system lockups myself since moving to 2.6.14-r5, and I'm convinced it's been updatedb causing it. I got to where I could predict a system lockup within a few minutes of booting up. Once I started watching for it (using top and tailing /var/log/messages), I could see it was updatedb. First it would eat up my CPU, then my system would get sluggish, then sometimes it would hang. Sometimes it would get killed, showing "Out of Memory: Killed process 8562 (updatedb)" in /var/log/messages, and my system would be usable again.

It seems odd to me that I found this Gentoo post from 2002, then see a Jan 2006 response on it, and now I'm adding to it. I wonder if an old bug has resurfaced.
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