Performance strangeness

David Vincent dvincent at
Tue Feb 26 04:26:57 UTC 2008

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David Vincent wrote:
> jack wrote:
>> I've been noticing this all evening. My Gutsy laptop has started
>> exhibiting strangeness - When I double-click on a folder to open it, I
>> get a dialog that says "Opening 'FOLDER'. You can stop this operation by
>> clicking cancel... Yet the folders do not open at all. This has been
>> going on for a few hours. Any idea how I can locate the source of this
>> problem ?
> This has happened to me on some really slow/low memory laptops when they
> are trying to load Nautilus and have a lot of memory swapped (the system
> struggling to keep up).
> It has also happened to me on a P4-3.2ghz machine with 1gb RAM when
> network shares were slow to respond (Nautilus is brutal for that if you
> use NFS and the server disappears).
> On a somewhat related note I've spent some of today switching to Autofs
> mounts for my NFS shares due to Nautilus suckage.

Oops, I sent that one just a little too soon... could open the Gnome System Monitor (System --> Administration
- --> System Monitor) and check on the Processes tab (maybe add a few more
columns like Virtual Memory, Resident Memory, CPU Time) to see if you
have something which is taking up a large amount of RAM or otherwise
hogging your system resources.

Compiz sometimes sucks up huge amounts for me.  Google Earth too.

- -d

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