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#1 2021-03-21 15:55:07

aghasee
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[SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Hello all,

For about a week now, my computer is running very sluggish, with a lot of Windows-like disk access, delays while typing...
Every now and then the system freezes completely, to the point of having to perform a hard power off.
System is updated and there were no recent installs/uninstalls.

From what I can see, there is no excessive RAM, processor or swap usage.
Disk utility does not report disk failures of any kind (disks are what, 6 months old?)
Initially I suspected Brave browser, but switching to Firefox does not solve anything.

Specs:
Intel Core2quad cpu, 8GB RAM
Beowulf 3 clean install
Gnome DE, gdm3, with tracker-miner disabled.

Any of you knowledgeable ppl care to point me in the right direction?

TIA,


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#2 2021-03-21 16:25:59

Geoff 42
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Re: [SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Does top show anything grabbing lots of cpu or memory?

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#3 2021-03-21 16:29:51

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Re: [SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Perhaps also check iotop.


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#4 2021-03-22 11:44:24

Andre4freedom
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Re: [SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Is your GNOME desktop running in "fallback" mode?
If yes, make sure your graphics controller is supported or install the non-free firmware drivers. Gnome needs 3D acceleration.
It's just my thought, but possibly off-track.
Good luck.

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#5 2021-03-22 15:49:50

aghasee
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Re: [SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Andre4freedom wrote:

Is your GNOME desktop running in "fallback" mode?
If yes, make sure your graphics controller is supported or install the non-free firmware drivers. Gnome needs 3D acceleration.
It's just my thought, but possibly off-track.
Good luck.

I'm running Gnome on this very hardware since at least 2015; first under Debian, now under Devuan. Problems started only a week ago.
From what I'm reading fallback has been dropped for quite a while now, can't find the setting on my machine anyway.

As for top and iotop; I don't see anything out of the ordinary.


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#6 2021-03-22 17:29:40

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Re: [SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Check your RAM health.


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#7 2021-03-22 17:46:36

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Re: [SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Make sure that your swap file/partition is working?

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#8 2021-03-22 17:55:08

chris2be8
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Re: [SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Does dmesg show any interesting messages when the system starts running slowly?

Are there any interesting messages in syslog (check /var/log/auth.log /var/log/daemon.log /var/log/kern.log /var/log/messages and /var/log/syslog)?

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#9 2021-03-23 06:16:11

aghasee
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Re: [SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Check your RAM health.

Ran a check for 5 hrs, no errors.


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#10 2021-03-23 16:13:37

aghasee
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Re: [SOLVED] My Devuan is sluggish.

Going to mark this solved, even though it isn't.
Dual boot machine: Win7 runs flawless.
I'm at a loss here, I don't have the time or the capability to keep on tinkering.
Not even pursuing specialties of any kind: internet, e-mail, text processor, photo viewer and a media player/dlna-server, thats it.
I want my machine to just work.
One more clean offline install.
Maybe /not/ updating will do the trick?

Anyway, thanks for your time and effort all.


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