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Re: fc5 hangs

David L wrote:
Two days in a row my fc5 computer has frozen soon after I start using it in the morning.

You might try installing the synaptics mouse driver from the repos.

It appeared to be installed already.  yum install synaptics said there
was nothing to do.

After it is installed, it might help if you run
system-config-display --reconfig
I tried that, but not until after today's hang.

I was hoping something simple like re-configuring X would solve the problem.

However, I have more information about the problem. I think I misdiagnosed the problem... it appears that the mouse/keyboard are not completely unresponsive... they're are just responding extremely slowly. I ssh'd into my work computer (the one that is "hanging" every day) from home last night. This morning before I came to work, I tried to do a little work from my ssh session. And it was messed up too! Things were running very slowly.

I would guess networking problems, maybe ipv6 or whatever the protocol is called. Since no process seems to be hogging memory or swap.

I tried to run top and it took a few minutes to even start. Once it started, it was usually quite responsive (even when a second ssh session was still sluggish) but sometimes stopped responding for ~10 seconds. When it was running, it didn't show any process hogging the CPU and the load average was only around 2-3. There was not a whole lot of free memory, but I freed up some memory by killing a few processes and the problem didn't go away. I killed evolution, evolution-exchange, etc.

The beagle daemon was said to hog process power.

 I tried
to run a command in
my (autofs mounted) home directory and it gave some error that I unfortunately can't remember. I restarted autofs (which took about 5 minutes) and I was able to access my home directory again, but the system was still sluggish. I noticed that the clock was ~3 hours behind despite the fact that ntpd was running. I also noticed that some daily cron stuff was running (namely prelink). I stopped crond and killed everything that crond had started. It was still extremely slow.

Prelink slowed down my system on occasion previously. The program seems to be pretty much in control now and does not bog down my system.

 Finally, I came to work and
tried to interact with it
locally and saw similar behavior to what I see about once per day. I tried to log out from my X session to see if that would help, but I only waited 10 minutes for it to log out. It did seem to be slowly closing windows and logging out, so it might have worked if I
waited an hour,

This might indicate a network bottleneck. Enough wild guesses. :-)

 but I finally got impatient and pushed the reset button.

Any thoughts on what could be causing this behavior? It acts like the CPU is overloaded
or we're out of memory and swap, but that is not the case.

No real clue what is going on. My computer does this with the program wine. Other programs do not kill X, nautilus and such.

Exit, stage left,



Our policy is, when in doubt, do the right thing.
		-- Roy L. Ash, ex-president, Litton Industries

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