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Subject[2.4.8] high load with disk operations
Dear all,

I have noticed that with kernel 2.4.8 my machine gets high load average
while perfoming disk operations like copying/moving some files.
Usually, my load average is 0.00 or 0.01 :) , but when I start copying
~200 MB from one disk to another, load average goes up to 2.50.

My machine is PIII 664MHz, 128 MB RAM, 256 MB swap.

IDE devices:
hda: WDC WD100AA, ATA DISK drive
hdd: Compaq CRD-8402B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive

Partition table of /dev/hda:
[root@leonid /root]# fdisk -l /dev/hda

Disk /dev/hda: 240 heads, 63 sectors, 1292 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 33 249448+ 5 Extended
/dev/hda2 34 574 4089960 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 * 575 1292 5428080 83 Linux
/dev/hda5 1 33 249417 82 Linux swap

Is there any patch I should try?

Best regards,
Leonid Mamtchenkov
Red Hat Certified Linux Engineer (RHCE)
System Administrator
Francoudi & Stephanou Ltd

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