System suddenly slowed down...

Richard E Miles r.godzilla at
Tue May 31 21:57:14 UTC 2005

On Tue, 31 May 2005 23:53:25 +0300
Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at> wrote:

> After performing a yum clean packages and then a yum clean all, my FC3
> system started slowing down. I would press a key and wait a few
> seconds for a response. Then it was a minute wait. Then it was
> infinete.
> I had to shut it down with 'the switch' to get back to where I am now.
> But the truth is, although this happened after cleaning yum, this is
> not the first time that it has happened to me. I had Opera, konsole,
> kmail, and konqerer open at the time.
> I can hear the hard disk crunching away whenever that happens. The
> computer is an AMD Duron machine with 512 megs of SDram. Note that I
> can move the mouse and the pointer keeps up with me. Other than that-
> frozen.
> Any ideas what to look for? I will try to keep track of what is
> running when this happens, when it happens again.
> Dotan Cohen

Perhaps one of the system programs is running and hammering the disk. This
will slow down performance. Do a ps -ax to see what processes are running
such as prelink or updatedb or yum etc.

Richard E Miles
Federal Way WA. USA
registered linux user 46097

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