Responsiveness testing through dpkg

Dustin Kirkland kirkland at
Tue Apr 27 12:51:17 BST 2010

> On 04/26/2010 10:45 PM, Chase Douglas wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I'm interested in doing some desktop responsiveness testing, and I've
>> found that when I have a large number of packages to install/update it
>> kills my desktop responsiveness not only during installation, but also
>> for quite a bit of time afterwards.

On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 2:33 AM, Tim Gardner <tim.gardner at> wrote:
> I think dpkg is triggering the fsync problem. Andy and Surbhi have some
> information on that.


What's "the fsync problem"?

I've been chasing a similar bug in qemu for several weeks now, without
making much progress.

See: Bug #532733, "apt/dpkg in qemu-system-arm hangs if a big task is

Is it possible that these are related?  Andy/Surbhi?


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