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SubjectRe: Strange xmms deaths under high disk load
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Nick Piggin <piggin@cyberone.com.au> writes:

>>If I play music with TCVP instead, it keeps playing, but sound is
>>choppy at intervals. Below is vmstat output during a copying.
>>
>>procs ---------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- --system-- ----cpu----
>> r b swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id wa
>> 0 0 0 86128 3424 165920 0 0 66 66 24 4 23 23 54 0
>> 0 0 0 86128 3424 165920 0 0 0 0 1131 1352 17 14 69 0
>> 0 0 0 86128 3424 165920 0 0 0 0 1128 1360 13 4 84 0
>> 0 0 0 86128 3424 165920 0 0 0 0 1129 1351 13 4 84 0
>> 0 0 0 86128 3424 165920 0 0 0 153 1142 1361 14 3 83 0
>> 0 0 0 86128 3424 165920 0 0 0 0 1127 1353 14 4 83 0
>> 0 0 0 86128 3424 165920 0 0 0 0 1128 1348 12 3 84 0
>> 0 0 0 86128 3424 165920 0 0 0 0 1130 1344 17 15 69 0
>> 0 0 0 86000 3424 166048 0 0 128 0 1132 1356 13 3 84 0
>>
> ...
>
>>11 2 0 2400 3392 246368 0 0 768 26112 969 626 25 71 0 3
>>
> ...
>
>>11 0 0 3040 1704 248160 0 0 0 33704 696 58 10 90 0 0
>>
> ...
>
>>
>> 1 1 0 2528 1736 250608 0 0 1756 21332 965 590 35 56 0 8
>>
>
> Looks like you might be losing timer interrupts, possibly caused by
> an IDE disk doing PIO?

All the disks are doing ATA-100, so that's not it. Something else
could have caused it, of course. Rather bad of xmms to crash, too.

What worries me most is the file corruption I saw in connection with
one such crash. It hasn't happened again, though.

--
Måns Rullgård
mru@kth.se
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