Is -current really this slow, or do I have something mis-configured?

Marc G. Fournier scrappy at
Mon Apr 19 14:04:08 PDT 2004

I'm running -CURRENT on my desktop ... the machine is a P4, no HTT, and
512Meg of RAM ... and I swear the machine is less responsive then my
laptop running on a Celeron 333 with ~192 Meg of RAM ... both are IDE
drives, both are runing X and both are -current ...

But, I'm finding that more often then note, doing things like switching
V-Windows in KDE is 'lagged' ... top on the P4 shows:

last pid: 23514;  load averages:  4.30,  3.61,  3.33    up 0+01:31:11  18:01:51
131 processes: 6 running, 125 sleeping
CPU states: 46.7% user,  0.0% nice, 50.3% system,  3.0% interrupt,  0.0% idle
Mem: 327M Active, 43M Inact, 79M Wired, 26M Cache, 60M Buf, 18M Free
Swap: 2048M Total, 300K Used, 2048M Free

while the laptop shows as:

last pid: 89193;  load averages:  2.46,  2.18,  2.04    up 1+20:01:22  18:02:35
84 processes:  2 running, 82 sleeping
CPU states: 91.9% user,  0.0% nice,  7.1% system,  1.0% interrupt,  0.0% idle
Mem: 77M Active, 52M Inact, 45M Wired, 8952K Cache, 28M Buf, 1376K Free
Swap: 256M Total, 39M Used, 217M Free, 15% Inuse

Both are running SCHED_ULE ... and both are IDE drives ...

But the P4 just feels like the slower of the two :(

Marc G. Fournier           Hub.Org Networking Services (
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