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SubjectRe: Bad interactive behaviour in 2.5.65-66 (sched.c)
On Sat, 2003-03-29 at 21:23, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Tom Sightler <> wrote:
> >
> > On my system I get a starvation issue with just about any CPU intensive
> > task. For example if create a bzip'd tar file from the linux kernel
> > source with the command:
> >
> > tar cvp linux | bzip2 -9 > linux.tar.bz2
> >
> Ingo has determined that Linus's backboost trick is causing at least some
> of these problems. Please test and report upon the below patch.
> From: Ingo Molnar <>
> the patch below fixes George's setiathome problems (as expected). It
> essentially turns off Linus' improvement, but i dont think it can be fixed
> sanely.
> the problem with setiathome is that it displays something every now and
> then - so it gets a backboost from X, and hovers at a relatively high
> priority.

This fixes the starvation I was getting with xmms visualizers, which
have a similar usage pattern: they're mostly CPU-bound, but they talk to
the X server for drawing.


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