F12 won't stop taking naps

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Sun Nov 8 21:33:20 UTC 2009

On Sun, 2009-11-08 at 14:30 -0600, Robert G. (Doc) Savage wrote:
> On Sun, 2009-11-08 at 11:26 -0800, Adam Williamson wrote: 
> > On Sun, 2009-11-08 at 11:16 -0600, Robert G. (Doc) Savage wrote:
> > > The first step in finding and fixing a problem is coming up with a
> > > description of the fault that helps you identify and focus on the
> > > misbehaving component. That's what I've been struggling with since F12's
> > > alpha release.
> > > 
> > > The sympton is a ThinkPad W700 uber-laptop that seems to "nap"
> > > constantly. An example of a "nap" is a long pause -- several minutes --
> > > in one of the steps during a non-graphical startup. For example: between
> > > "Starting NFS statd:" and its "[ OK ]" completion. If I don't want to
> > > wait for the timeout, I can generate a hardware interrupt by
> > > left-clicking or touching the mouse or touchpad. I see from two to five
> > > such pause episodes during every startup, but they never occur at the
> > > same startup events.
> > 
> > Try booting with the kernel parameter 'nohz=off', does that help?
> <stunned>
> Adam,
> How in the world did you know which hat to pull that rabbit from? I AM

oh, same method I always use - I stole it from someone smarter :)

my laptop had the same problem; I was advised by Matthew Garrett that
this was likely a tickless timer issue and nohz=off should work around
it. He also advised me that the kernel folks would like to know about
all cases like this, so I should file a bug. Same advice goes for you.
Here's my bug as a guide:


note that they haven't got around to it yet. There's probably more
important stuff to fix :)

Adam Williamson
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