[FC8] irqbalance dead but subsys locked

Greg Sieranski greg.sieranski at quoininc.com
Tue Nov 27 15:38:22 UTC 2007

Bill Davidsen wrote:
> Deepak Shrestha wrote:
>> Hi,
>> My FC8 installation went well and running well too but every time I
>> shutdown my computer, I can see the message that "irqbalance
>> [FAILED]".  I didn't mind it much. Today when I was configuring the
>> services, I saw the irqbalance services and its status was "irqbalance
>> dead but subsys locked". So far I am not affected by failing of this
>> particular services but I am just curious about it. As the name
>> suggests, it must be for balancing irq services
>> but
>> Is this a serious problem? Is there a way to solve it? Can I disable
>> this service?
>> By the way this is personal fedora installation.
> So does it start okay, or does that fail because there's a lock file? 
> You might have to restart the subsystem, or even manually remove the 
> lock file and then start the subsystem. If it's dying there should be 
> something in the logs.
I have found that even restarting it after awhile it will fail again 
with the "irqbalance
dead but subsys locked". It seems that if you have less than two cores 
or only one cache domain than you will not be able to benefit from the 
irqbalance service.

Here is an interesting article about what it actually does:


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