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How to unfreeze after accidentally pressing Ctrl-S in a terminal?

It's a situation that has happened quite often to me: after I press (with a different intention) Ctrl-S in a terminal, the interaction (input or output) with it is frozen. It's probably a kind of ...
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How to completely disable swap?

I am using Debian sid, hard drive formatted with ext4, running on linux 3.1 I remember on previous linux versions (maybe before 3.0), if I run out of memory, and swap is not enabled, programs will ...
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How to force Linux kernel to “freeze” (or nearly freeze) for a few hundred milliseconds

We are running a real-time process on a non real-time kernel (CentOS 6), and this is probably not going to change. We have a streaming video application that requires about 500 MB/s of PCIe traffic ...
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How to prevent fork bomb?

To prevent fork bomb I followed this http://www.linuxhowtos.org/Tips%20and%20Tricks/ulimit.htm ulimit -a reflects the new settings but when I run (as root in bash) :(){ :|:&};: the VM still goes ...
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Why is my PC freezing while I'm copying a file to a pendrive?

I have a really strange situation here. My PC works fine, at least in most cases, but there's one thing that I can't deal with. When I try to copy a file from my pendrive, everything is ok -- I got ...
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System hanging when it runs out of memory

I've got an eeePC 900a: it has a 8GB flash as disk and only 1GB of RAM. The Linux distribution installed on it is ArchLinux. When the system runs out of memory it becomes extremely unresponsive: it ...
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Debugging Linux machine freezes

I have 15 identical Linux RH 4.7 64-bit severs. They run cluster database (cluster is application level). On occasion (every month or so) a random box (never the same though) freezes. I can ping the ...
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Where should I look for error messages after a freeze-up and reboot in Linux?

I was forced to shutdown (using the power button) and reboot after my laptop froze with just a black screen. After such an incident, where should I look for error messages etc. that might indicate ...
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Fedora 17 Freezes on Boot

I have been having issues with Fedora 17 not booting after the latest round of updates. I am able to enter the pass for my disk encryption, the boot logo acts normally but after the animation is ...
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How to debug system freeze?

I'm experiencing strange bug when I close lid of my laptop - system freezes (no reaction on keys, no response form ssh) hard and displays some strange colour effects. The kernel log (after reboot) ...
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Low battery freezes laptop [closed]

I have a laptop Lenovo G575. MS Windows works without any problems on it, but with Linux, it freezes during login or up to 10 minutes after power on. I have tried Ubuntu, Fedora 15 and 16, Fedora 16 ...
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System often freezes without warning

The system often just freezes up without any warning, it doesn't gradually start getting slower or something like that, and every time I look the avarage system load is below 20% (usually not even ...
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Untraceable stability problem of 3.6.8 kernel on ASUS P53E

Randomly, but not later than after 10 hours of work, the laptop freezes. Just freezes. Knowing that not all hardware errors are reported back to the user I tried the netconsole. Unfortunately the ...
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Accidental `nano SomeFile | uniq` renders the shell unresponsive

In my attempt to get unique entries (read lines) out of a simple text file, I accidentally executed nano SomeTextFile | uniq. This "instruction" renders the shell (bash) completely (?) ...
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Hard drive writes freezing up Gnome

I'm currently running Debian 6.0.5 on my white Macbook 2008 (4,1) and have recently noticed that when I download, move, or decompress a file, Gnome freezes up completely for at least 20 seconds. These ...
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How to recover from desktop freeze without losing running windows?

Sometimes VirtualBox causes random freeze of my Mint 16 Cinnamon Desktop 64bit. I am not able to pinpoint what is actually wrong and even where to fill the bug report. But the life goes on and I ...
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chrome freezes Ubuntu 13.04

Since about 2 to 3 weeks ago, my Ubuntu 13.04 desktop frequently freezes after I am using Chrome for a while. The mouse is movable, but nothing respond to mouse or keyboard. I have to push the power ...
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How to quit GNOME file copy GUI after it hangs

Many times I find GNOME file copy GUI tool (Nautilus) irritating when it stops working. It happens when: I cancel the copy or move I try to copy to blue tooth exchange folder to my friends ...
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Why does music still loop, when my PC freezes? [closed]

Unfortunately it happens rather regularly, that some i/o job or some other activity clogs all the cpu power on my rather old linux machine and leaves me with a frozen desktop, where not even the mouse ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome 3 “freezes” randomly - not a normal freeze though

Since upgrading to 12.04, I've randomly experienced this strange phenomenon where my mouse mostly doesn't work and keyboard mostly does. I have not been able to identify a cause for this. Sometimes it ...
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Vim high CPU usage upon opening JS files

Vim and especially Gvim stops responding and utilizes 100% of CPU upon opening big .js files (1000+ lines). Pressing Ctrlc stops the process. Whatever Vim does trying to open the file, it displays the ...
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Is there a way to discover why my server had a high load

Just now I was forced to remotely reboot my CentOS 6.3 system due to a ultra high load (75!) that paralyzed the system. This is a web/mail server that serves a wordpress blog (mySQL + PHP). Is there ...
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How can I prevent disk I/O from taking over my CPU?

I run Debian Jessie on a quad-core i7 processor, which results in 8 cores being shown thanks to hyperthreading. On disk-heavy loads, all eight cores are maxed out with io-wait, as shown by htop. This ...
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Linux mint freezes on second account login - unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at (null)

I have two accounts, daniel and dn. When I log in with daniel first, everything is okay. But I can't login with dn, it freezes. It's irrelevant if I log out daniel or try a parallel login. It's the ...
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System freezes. Can't find anything in the logs

My linux desktop system freezes (aptosid/debian sid) sometimes and after a reboot I can't find any infos about the reason for the freeze in messages/dmesg/syslog/Xorg.*.log. When it "freezes" I can ...
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A ton of input at the login appears to lock the machine?

Occasionally my one year old son will come into my office where my machine is at the command line login prompt. As my little geekling is wont, he starts banging on the keyboard like Daddy does. As ...
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System freezes upon executing any boot option in a live USB installation of Mint

Problem I'm trying to install Linux Mint 16, 64-bit, MATE using a live USB. The boot option menu itself is responsive and work as expected. However, when I execute any of said boot options, the ...
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Window content freezes

I recently started using Kanotix, a Debian based distro that loads itself into RAM on boot, and i'm loving it. But this is the second time I have this problem, and I was wondering what caused it and ...
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How to fix non-responsive Ubuntu system?

I use Ubuntu. Sometimes, the system does not have any response with mouse and keyboard. Is there any way to solve this problem except hitting the reset button on the machine?
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Linux freezing randomly

My Computer has been freezing a lot lately, and with no apparent reason.It freezes even if my usage is 3% CPU and 9% RAM. I was using Windows 8 until I decided I'd try to move on to linux, so I ...
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Make iotop show only the most disk-intensive item

My laptop (no VM, just plain Ubuntu with encrypted home) freezes for 3 minutes a few times per day. During these 3 minutes, the disk LED indicates intense disk activity, and I can't even move the ...
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Mint 15 frozen at startup, don't know why

yesterday I installed Mint 15 MATE on my laptop. Everything worked perfectly, so I installed some packages (python-django, mysql-server, and some other python modules). I also made an apt-get update ...
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Local, regular file causes `stat` or `ls -l` to hang

I've seen a few different questions about ls hanging. It's usually because they use the -l switch, which causes a stat on the file, which in turn is a bad symlink or pointing to an NFS mount or some ...
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How to troubleshoot a computer freeze from liveCD?

I'm helping my dad fixing his old computer. I am now running it from Fedora 16 with XFCE Live CD. If I try to install, as soon as it gets to the part where it writes partition to disk however, the ...
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How can I prevent systemd from freezing my system when Flash dies?

Since a recent update, when I quit a web page containing a Flash animation in Firefox, the plugin-container process becomes a zombie, and then the systemd-journald process (also maybe something like ...
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Is this task freeze related to ReiserFS (v3)? (or: is ReiserFS getting so old that it should be actively replaced?)

I just had a weird system freeze that I resolved using alt-sysrq-e. Here's my dmesg: https://gist.github.com/1609263 I was wondering whether it might be some kind of deadlock in the reiserfs3 code ...
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Linux freezing guess: keyboard & mouse (Archlinux and Ubuntu)

Linux on my PC is freezing a few seconds after startup. I am unable to use the mouse / keyboard. Neither Ubuntu nor Arch do anything after a few seconds. Windows has been running fine for years now. ...
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Linux Mint 16 randomly freezing and freezes always after suspend wakeup

I've just installed Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon on Dell Latitude E6420. During an hour of use the desktop would become unresponsive and I was unable to access any TTY. It just froze up. The same thing ...
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How to open tty or execute some script when the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+F[1-6] doesn't work and X11 is partially frozen but system is still working?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 with Gnome on Acer Aspire One netbook. The X11 or just some parts of Gnome like panels and partially windows (details described below) are frozen which doesn't allow to do ...
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My Debian freezes

I installed a fresh Debian 7 install, but it freezes from time to time, and when it happens (quite often indeed) only the mouse can move around but everything is blocked. All I can do is restart. I ...
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RTL8180 kernel module freezing with Realtek RTL8185L chipset

I've recently purchased a PEAK wireless PCI board. I needed a card with removable antenna capability to test a high gain antenna that I had laying around. Went to my local hardware store and I got ...
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What is freezing my desktop every second (like clockwork)?

Recently, after using my desktop machine for a day or so, the oddest thing will start happening: Every second, the desktop will briefly freeze, then continue, like a heartbeat. The interval is one ...
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Chromium with ~20 opened tabs freezes my laptop

As the title says, when I have about 20 opened tabs of Chromium I see the hard disk starts writing and everything start to freeze. I have to 'killall' Chromium. Previously I had installed ...
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No response on a Linux machine

I am using centOS, sometimes the system just does not respond at all. In windows box, I can ctrl-alt-delete. On a Linux machine, how should I handle this?
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Linux randomly freezing?

For the last few hours, my computer has been freezing at random every minute or so. I'll type some text, and it won't appear until ~15 seconds later, all in one block. It started happening all at once ...
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System freezes when browsing internet

About a week ago my system began to freeze (deadlock, only manual shutdown with laptop button helped) from time to time. The frequency of deadlock is increasing. Today it was about 10 deadlocks with ...
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When I execute a cpio command, it hangs forever

I've been trying to unarchive a cpio archive (in this case, my initial ramdisk). However, when I try to extract the files, cpio hangs forever. It happens if I pass the -V argument to print extra info, ...
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Removing a directory hangs

I'm a non-root user on a shared compile server that mounts /home via NFS from some other host. I have a directory ~/a/b with lots of subdirectories c1,c2,.... I wanted to delete ~/a/b completely, and ...
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scp hardlocking my server (both ways)

I have this strange issue. scp is hard locking my server. I have tried memcheck, tried downloading big files using wget, tried speed test in openssl and everything works just fine, yet every time I ...
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Can anyone help me diagnose this crash output?

I've been using Linux Mint MATE edition for a while and suffering the odd freeze. Today, it switched to a terminal-style output and gave me some actual info before it died. I took a photo, see below ...