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Re: Too many processes question.



On Thu, 2007-01-25 at 18:24 -0500, Matthew J. Roth wrote:
> Les wrote:
SNIP
> > Les H
> Les,
> 
> Steve Siegfried provided some excellent advice, but I'd like to add a 
> few more points.  Your computer definitely looks to be memory bound.  I 
> totaled the %MEM column and came up with 150%.  This means that the 
> Linux kernel must swap memory pages out to disk, causing operations that 
> would normally utilize the fastest part of the computer (RAM) to use the 
> slowest part (hard disk).
> 
> The good news is that RAM is cheap and increasing your physical memory 
> to 512 MB (or 1 GB if your motherboard can handle it) should yield a 
> noticeable improvement.  For now, you could shut down some of the more 
> memory hungry (and non-vital) services.  yum-updatesd, beagled, and 
> spamd are accounting for 47.7% of your physical memory alone.  Shutting 
> them down and configuring your desktop to consume fewer resources 
> (terminate unnecessary programs and applets, disable desktop effects, 
> etc.) should give you a reasonable idea of how the machine will perform 
> with more memory.
> 
> Finally, those processes that begin with "k" are special kernel 
> processes.  They should be there even if you are running from the 
> command line.  In other words, killing them would be a VERY BAD THING.
> 
> I hope this is helpful,
Thanks, Matthew,
	I understand the system limitations.  But I want to run within these
physical limitations.  Your response is a good start. Beagled and
Yumupdatesd and spamd are all goners, at least for now.

I know that I can buy more memory or a faster processor, but I am
working on something that must run on such hardware and I would prefer
to keep it as is.

Regards,
Les H



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