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Disk busy is close to 100% and iowait is 0,0% on SunOS, how can it be possible?

During monitoring of SunOS5.10 machine I noticed strange behavior: Disk busy is close to 100% Disk waiting time is 0,0% Primary purpose of this machine is running application server on jvm. This ...
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Why is coreutils sort slower than Python?

I wrote the following script to test the speed of Python's sort functionality: from sys import stdin, stdout lines = list(stdin) lines.sort() stdout.writelines(lines) I then compared this to the ...
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What could be done to make Embedded Linux boot faster?

My team is developing a software for a Embedded Linux solution. The problem we are facing is that it takes too much time for the system to be ready to start running our desired apps (that is, too much ...
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Xorg consumes CPU, RHEL 7 fresh install

I've installed RHEL 7 with default settings. I wonder why Xorg consumes 30% of my CPUs. How can I know what's wrong and how to fix it? HP DL360p Gen8, dual Xeon E5-2640
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rsync: Copy speed decreases while syncing two directories

I am using rsync on fedora 20 to sync my directories. I am using the command below:- $ rsync --progress -a srcDir DestDir But, as rsync copies files, copy speed decreases significantly. Here is my ...
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Find the process which is taking maximum CPU usage if CPU usage is more than 60%?

I am trying to measure the cpu usage of my ubuntu machine and if the cpu usage is more than 60%, then I need to find out the process who has the highest cpu usage and then send out an email saying CPU ...
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Disk is a bottleneck. Background processes make things worse. How to improve responsiveness?

Often, the bottleneck of my laptop is the disk. When doing some disk-intensive computations, automatically-started background processes like updatedb, find /something etc. kick in, making things even ...
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Software RAID10 setup writes small files extremely slowly, is this normal?

I have a software RAID-10 setup on Linux 3.16.6-203.fc20.x86_64, with 1.2 metadata and the default chunk size (512K): $ cat /proc/mdstat md0 : active raid10 sdc1[4] sdb1[0] sdd1[2] sde1[3] ...
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Properly mount a windows share to move files on the mountpoint

This question resulted from a question of mine on stackexchange. I mount a windows share with mount -t cifs -o ...
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Transfering millions of files from one server to another

I have two servers. One of them has 15 million text files (about 40 GB). I am trying to transfer them to another server. I considered zipping them and transferring the archive. But I realized that ...
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Questions about CPU usage [closed]

How bad/normal/good is this CPU usage? Cpu0 : 14.4%us, 6.3%sy, 0.0%ni, 78.8%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.5%si, 0.0%st Cpu1 : 88.3%us, 8.0%sy, 0.0%ni, 0.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 3.7%si, 0.0%st ...
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Why scp with compression takes longer than without compression

I was playing around and noticed that secure-copying with compression takes longer than without compression time scp -C ./test.sql user@vmware:/home/user real 0m42.758s user 0m40.455s sys ...
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What tools can show me the CPU usage that doesn't appear in top/sar?

I have a virtual machine that's using ip_tables to set up some connection forwarding. According to top, sar and /proc/stat, I'm > 99% idle. However, perf says I'm only about 72% idle, with the rest ...
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Why is ImageMagick's `compare` command so slow and is there an alternative?

I have a shell script running on an little Atom based Micro-ATX box that is doing some watchdog-like functions for a number of devices on a local network. One of the things it's doing is monitoring ...
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Is there a fastest way to shutdown the system?

Or is shutdown -h now the fastest it can get? I look for some syscall or similar that will allow to skip lots of the stuff done prior to shutdown (in particular to care about the running proccesses). ...
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Why does mouse and keyboard freeze when Linux swaps

I have noticed that under Linux, when there is heavy swapping, the mouse cursor freezes, and even CapsLock or Ctrl+Alt+F1 don't work. The system uses the deadline I/O scheduler but this should not ...
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Increasing performance of clear text file reads

In our bioinformatics application we have large files (up to 900MB, typically 100MB). These files contain a clear text representation of a genome, and are essentially a 1 line file with a sequence of ...
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Many transient files on journaled filesystem?

Writing and deleting many files quickly I'm going to write many temporary files per second, over a sustained period. Each will be deleted after some milliseconds. Say we have an image processing ...
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How to measure iptables load?

I have added about 3500 IP addresses to iptables using ufw on a Debian 7 and I am wondering if this has any impact on the performance of my server. How can I measure that?
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Optimize file layout for minimal seek in specific situations

Starting VLC is slow on my system. The reason: it reads more than 1000 different .so files. Is there a way to make it read those files faster? I think if all the files followed immediately after each ...
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Why does find -inum iterate through the whole filesystem tree?

It surprises me to see find iterate/walk through the complete filesystem when I do a simple find -inum 12345 Without background info it seems to me that there should be much easier ways for to tell ...
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won't the ever changing affinity assigned to threads by the Linux kernel have adverse effect on overall performance?

In my program, I have several threads that are started with the process and that remain until the program ends. They will meet different loads during the lifetime of the app, and at times they will ...
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Powerful Workstation

I heard about ILM's (Industrial Light and Magic) workstations on which they create models and scenes for a lot of different movies. They have workstations with more than 1024 GB of ram and a lot of ...
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Why adding swap space is the slowest part of the booting process? [closed]

I'm not having performance problems, but just running dmesg command, I can see that adding Swap space is the slowest part of the booting process. Why? I actually have ~4GB for swap and 2GB RAM ...
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Pentium D and GeForce 6700 does not have enough power to play DVD full screen

I have an older computer which I would like to use as a DVD and video file player. These are the specs: CPU = Intel Pentrium D @ 3 GHz RAM = 1 GB GPU = NVIDIA GeForce 6700 XL HDD = 229 GB OS = Ubuntu ...
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What's the pros and cons of disabling the swap partition if the RAM is large enough? [duplicate]

My computer has 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. So I think the swap partition is not needful. What's the pros and cons of disabling the swap partition if the RAM is large enough? Is it recommended to disable ...
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benefits of huge pages on a laptop/desktop

I have read about huge pages and its the (potential) benefits. However, I am still confused whether this is mostly beneficial on a server with lots of RAM, or if it can be advantageous on a ...
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Printing to an X terminal faster than printing to tty?

In Linux Mint 17, I was testing the printing speed of the default ttys versus the speed of a mate-terminal running on Xorg. To test the speeds, I generated a random file: dd if=/dev/urandom ...
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Help troubleshoot a very slow system performance (Kubuntu, intel graphics) [closed]

As the title says the performance of my laptop is simply terrible. i3 M380 @ 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM (of which more than 2GB is rarely used), intel HD graphics (to external monitor through HDMI). It takes ...
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How can we measure performance overhead resulting from writing to files or folders?

I have a tool which takes as input a folder or a file and then it logs operations done on that file or folder (modifying,deletion,creating new folders or files, etc). I was looking for a way to ...
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How come sed is so fast?

I thought about whether this question is suitable for SE or not, I hope you agree it is. Some time ago I asked on SE how to find text in files and leave the file with only the matching lines that ...
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Horrible Iceweasel and Opera performance when watching youtube

I have 64-bit Debian on laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5GHz, Nvidia Quadro NVS140M GPU and 4GB RAM. For now - im on vacation and im using 3G USB modem. I have relatively slow but high quality ...
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Is cmp faster than diff -q?

In a recent AU question on checking whether some files have differing content, I saw a comment stating that if the differing sections didn't matter, cmp would be faster than diff. This SO answer ...
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blktrace - differentiating between sequential to random io

I'm looking for a way to determine whether an app is doing sequential or random I/O. Is it possible to look at a blktrace capture and say if I/O is sequential or random? If yes, any examples of what ...
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How to test Disk IO on VMs with iozone?

I want to test the disk IO performance like read, write, random read, random write and so on both in physical machine and VMs (with aufs file system). Also I want to test the throughput performance in ...
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Is it bad to have too many Kernel modules?

I'm trying to compile a Linux kernel to debug an issue I have on Arch Linux, and I was configuring modules, but I didn't know what a lot of the stuff was so I left them on. If this kernel works I ...
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Why would attempts to bind affinities for rcu kthreads fail?

I am trying to get full tickless mode working on my box on Ubuntu kernel 3.10.39. I am running the following command: for i in `pgrep rcu` ; do taskset -pc 0 $i ; done It seems to work on some of ...
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why doesn't iozone generate output file?

I'm using iozone3 for tesing, on Xamin (an Debian-based OS). When I enter iozone command, for example iozone -Rab output.xls, the test runs successfully. But after running the test (after displaying ...
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dd write vs read performance

I have recently done some performance tests on a new server (using dd) and wonder why read performance is so much worse than write performance? Shouldn't it be another way around? file size was in ...
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grep with a lot of files which contains a lot of lines?

Imagine we have a lot of huge(30000 line)files: a.2014-05-06, a.2014-05-07, a.2014-05-08 and so on. I know that we can grep a line with word using this command: grep "word" a.* First I guess this ...
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How much speed difference for a tweaked bios versus uefi boot? [closed]

EFI can be faster, but that's not certain. The biggest speed difference is in hardware initialization early in the process. On my systems, this is a fraction of the total boot time, so a ...
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Authentication very slow (both with ssh and su)

I'm having a problem on one of our production servers where the login attempts become progressively slower as time passes. After roughly 5 days it becomes so slow that some critical processes/cron ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 x64 - slow and acting strangely gvfs+NTFS

I have updated Ubuntu 13.10 x64 to latest stable releases of all packages. I'm running GNOME and using SSD disks on USB 3.0 ports in lenovo Y500 notebook. I'm using Midnight Commander (as root) in ...
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Lower cpu performance in Linux [closed]

I have a problem with my CPU performance in Linux. I have a laptop, Toshiba Satellite C660-101. Despite the fact that the CPU works perfectly fine in Windows 7, Linux has some serious issues. ...
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RAID Level 5 versus Level 1

Is it slower to write one block in RAID Level 5 with 5 disks than RAID 1 with two disks (mirroring only)? I think No since with Level 5 you are writing the data and the parity (two writes). With Level ...
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Will grep go faster with line breaks?

I have some big files that I have changed into "standardized form", removing line breaks. I want to speed up greps on those files. I know that you can optimize grep by doing grep 'partofpattern' | ...
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Is dash or some other shell “faster” than bash?

I always thought that the only benefit of using dash instead of bash was that dash was smaller, and therefore many instances of dash would start faster at boot time. But I have done some research, ...
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Why is `tac file | grep foo' (piping) faster than `grep foo < <(tac file)' (process substitution)?

This question was motivated by "Reverse grepping", about grepping a huge file from bottom up. @chaos said: tac file | grep whatever Or a bit more effective: grep whatever < <(tac file) ...
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Can ramdisk improve performance when stats show low wait and system cpu use?

I have jobs that do I/O of rates peaking around 200mb/s. On high load (over twice cpu cores) I tried to copy large file and got only few mb/s. Gathered dstat show single digits in wai and sys category ...
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Artificially prime buffer cache?

Is it beneficial to artificially prime the buffer cache when dealing with larger files? Here's a scenario: A large file needs to be processed, line by line. Conceptually, it is easy to parallelize ...