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Re: Patterned slow-down over the entire GNOME desktop

Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
darrell pfeifer wrote:
I have a two year old laptop that uses the radeon driver.

The last few kernels from rawhide left a really sluggish response.
Switching between virtual screens gave a really noticeable repaint. I
also had the feeling that I/O in general was very slow.

The latest 1806 kernel is much better, so this might not be an X problem.

My feeling was more some sort of scheduler problem, with apps being randomly starved. As long as you stayed in the same app everything was very fast, trying to switch or launch a new app would either be reasonably fast of slow as hell. Starvation was not linked to any particular app, more (like Ivan noted) to launch ordering.

I never noticed any particular load peak that could explain the slowdowns. And this box had 256 MB which is not bad for its generation and the only reason it can still be used.
But see...those are all GUI apps. More specifically, they're all gtk apps.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't a kernel issue affect all apps on the system - it doesn't appear that way to me. Also, I don't know if this is relevant, but if you compare `strace -c` on a fast and slow run, they look almost exactly the same syscall distribution, and cover a very small amount of total time (1 sec).

I was particularly interested in bittorrent, as a simple test case - doesn't it only link to gtk2 over pygtk2? We know python isn't the issue, since C apps are slow too.

However... this is interesting. I observe no slowdown as root - all the apps start reasonably fast. Can you confirm this? Also, I see that there have been no significant changes in gtk2 lately, while I know that this bug must have been caused by upgrades in the last two weeks or so.


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