Performance strangeness

jack tdldev at
Tue Feb 26 05:04:03 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-02-25 at 20:26 -0800, David Vincent wrote:
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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.
I'm not receiving my own posts to the list, so I need to reply to the
thread with what I've got...

restarting gdm didn't have any effect. I did a full restart, which seems
to have cleared the clog. That's a very bad sign in my book - reminds me
too much of M$ ... 
I'm not sure if there's a way to 'cure' this or not - I'll look into it;
but I hope so.

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