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SubjectRe: 2.4.4+fork patch still sluggish
On Thu, May 03, 2001 at 06:38:27PM -0700, Jeffrey Kuskin wrote:
> This is basically a followup to the "2.4.4 sluggish under fork load"
> thread.
> I am using Redhat 7.1 on a 128MB 400 MHz PII system. I have a
> locally-built 2.4.4 kernel to which I manually applied the patch that backs
> out the child-before-parent behavior on a fork. Namely, this patch:
> <>
> However, even with this patch applied, I still see extremley jerky mouse
> pointer behavior when I run any kind of job that does lots of forking. For
> example, a kernel compile or even just the "configure" in preparation for
> compiling XEmacs.
> The same behavior, on exactly the same machine, did _not_ occur with Redhat
> 6.2/kernel 2.2.19.
> I see that this patch has recently been merged into 2.4.5-pre1, but I am
> concerned that it does actually fix the underlying problem.
> Do others continue to see "jerky mouse pointer" behavior even with this
> patch installed, or should I look for other causes? For instance, are
> there known problems with jerky mouse pointer behavior under heavy swapping
> load?

That's a bug in the get-child-timeslice logic that I mentioned a few
days ago.

Interesting strict fixes for this issue are here (they won't apply
cleanly to 2.4.5pre1 but fixing reject is trivial):

If you can reproduce on 2.4.5pre1aa1 let us know. Thanks!

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