On 10/8/06, Andre Costa <[email protected]> wrote:
Hi, I've been seeing unusually high load averages on my system lately (numbers sometimes range between 3.0-5.0, and stay there). I'm not talking abut CPU load (CPU usage is fine), I guess the problem is I/O related. First, I thought beagle could be the culprit; I start beagled on my .xsession file (with a 19 nice level). beagle-status tells me there's nothing going on, but stopping it with beagle-shutdown improves things -- but not as much as I expected. For example, I am know typing this message and there's nothing going on except for Firefox, Sylpheed and a couple of GNOME terminals, and load is around 1.2. I know beagle for Fedora is a couple of versions behind (latest is 0.2.10, latest RPM available is for 0.2.6), so beagle could be indeed the one to blame. I don't use GNOME as my desktop, I use fluxbox but I start a couple of GNOME apps (eg. gnome-panel) on top of fluxbox. Here's what my .xsession looks like: nvidia-settings --load-config-only & gnome-screensaver & nice -19 beagled & # enable custom themes loading for GNOME/GTK /usr/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon --disable-sound & # window manager fluxbox -log $HOME/logs/fluxbox & wmpid=$! fbsetbg -l gnome-panel & # KDE organizer kdeinit & korgac & korganizer & gnome-terminal --hide-menubar --geometry=82x56+1+30 & gnome-terminal --hide-menubar --geometry=82x62-82+30 & gkrellm & sudo /usr/bin/root-tail --cont "... " --cont-color yellow -f -g \ 1000x300+10-35 -fn "-*-*-*-*-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1" \ /var/log/messages,gray50, (sleep 10; workrave) & (sleep 15; gaim) & wait $wmpid beagle-shutdown kdeinit_shutdown (sleep 5; killall -9 bonobo-activation-server) & killall -9 audacious killall -9 firefox-bin I know I can use sar from systat tools to help me see something is wrong, but I don't know how to see _what_ is actually causing the high loads. Any hints? TIA Andre -- Andre Oliveira da Costa
Run top as root to see which process is taking the most cpu time.