Q about swap size
birger at birger.sh
Sun Jul 11 23:56:44 UTC 2010
On Sun, 2010-07-11 at 11:10 -0500, Robert G. (Doc) Savage wrote:
> top - 10:43:15 up 2 days, 6 min, 5 users, load average: 8.62, 6.84, 6.26
> Tasks: 244 total, 7 running, 237 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
> Cpu(s): 60.7%us, 23.5%sy, 9.2%ni, 0.0%id, 0.0%wa, 5.4%hi, 1.3%si, 0.0%st
> Mem: 509800k total, 502624k used, 7176k free, 16280k buffers
> Swap: 1048568k total, 317372k used, 731196k free, 101944k cached
You most certainly have something bogging down the system.
top - 01:45:28 up 2 days, 2:06, 2 users, load average: 0.34, 0.69,
Tasks: 163 total, 1 running, 162 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 8.6%us, 5.0%sy, 0.0%ni, 86.0%id, 0.3%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si,
Mem: 509908k total, 493208k used, 16700k free, 6464k buffers
Swap: 2097144k total, 108544k used, 1988600k free, 128324k cached
This is my Intel P4 system with 512MB RAM. I have tweaked Gnome a bit to
make it leaner, like no gradients on window frames and so on. Nothing
that you would really notice. I now have a terminal window, Evolution
and Firefow (2 windows, >10 tabs) up and running. As you can see from
the numbers, my system runs this load just fine.
I'm low on buffers compared to you even if I have more available memory.
Does that mean you have some process doing I/O?
With a load average of 8 something must be running in the background. I
don't think your slower CPU can take the blame for so many processes
stacking up. I have a Compaq Armada M300 or something like that in a
closet. It has F12 or F13 installed, and ran spotify in wine without
dropouts. Using Gnome.
Linux still rocks on old equipment once you disable the cpu and memory
hogs. I don't really see the need for killing gnome.
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