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SubjectRe: Finding what is stuck...
On Mon, 1 Sep 2008 17:08:12 -0700, Arjan van de Ven <arjan@infradead.org> wrote:

> On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 02:04:47 +0200
> "J.A. Magallón" <jamagallon@ono.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi all...
> >
> > I'm running 2.6.27-rc5-git2 on an Aspire One.
> > The system is in general pretty responsive, but sometimes it just gets
> > totally stuck. Even the mouse stops.
> >
> > It looks related to disk (SSD) access, but I'm not totally sure.
> > Is there any way to find what is getting stuck ? I know that SSDs can
> > be slow on write, I don't mind if the system is faster or slower
> > (it's small :))), but if the speed is constant. That occasional
> > pauses are strange, like if SSD flushing gets stuck on BKL
> > (I know, no idea about what I talk...).
> >
> > I'm using ext3 fs, noop iosched. But as I say, I'm not sure that the
> > disk writes are the culprit.
> >
> > Any idea about how to find this ?
>
> Have you tried to run "latencytop"?
> (you need to enable this in the kernel config as well)
>
> it tends to (for me at least) point out very well where stalls happen,
> or at least, what the system is doing when they happen.
>
> (hint: make sure you do "make install" before running it)
>

Thanks, I'm a bit limited to distro kernels 'cause I don't want to build
my own kernel on the One, but I have just looked and Mandriva kernel is
built with LATENCYTOP=y. I will try that and report...

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\ It's better when it's free
Mandriva Linux release 2008.1 (Cooker) for i586
Linux kernel 2.6.23-jam01, gcc version 4.2.2 20070909
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