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    SubjectRe: [ext3][kernels >= 2.6.20.7 at least] KDE going comatose when FS is under heavy write load (massive starvation)
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    On Fri, 2007-04-27 at 08:18 -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:

    > Actually, you don't need to apply the patch - just do
    >
    > echo 5 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_background_ratio
    > echo 10 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_ratio

    That seems to have done the trick. Amarok and GUI aren't exactly speed
    demons while writeout is happening, but they are not hanging for
    eternities.

    -Mike

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