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echo vs <<<, or Useless Use of echo in Bash Award?

By now the Useless Use of cat Award is very well known, and there's also a mention of a Useless Use of echo (not relevant for this question). I'm wondering if there should be a "Useless Use of echo in ...
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Optimal SSD configuration

I am thinking about buying an SSD for my Debian system. However, because I don't know what is the optimal arrangement (i.e. what goes on the SSD), I am not sure what is the optimal size. Obviously I ...
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Rygel slowing down my Debian system

Recently I noticed that a process called rygel is taking a lot of IO resources every time I am starting something on my home system. What is this process doing and how can I disable it?
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Performance virtualbox diskfiles vs rawdisk

Pros and cons with this two ways to make disk for virtual machines on virtualbox $ vboxmanage createhd --format VDI --size ${SIZE} --filename /path/to/disk.vdi and # vboxmanage createrawvmdk ...
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Console CPU utilisation chart

I need to monitor CPU and network utilisation from a terminal. For network traffic, I have found the perfect tool: slurm It gives me a moving chart. It gives me an nCurses-like UI I can use from ...
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Linux disk I/O performance issue — what config options to look at?

We discovered an I/O related performance problem when using the default SLES11 SP2 kernel. Our same application on the same hardware had no issue with (the admittedly ancient SLES9 SP3). We had a ...
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Send print job to printer immediately without queueing, aka increase print performance

I have a ruby/rails web application, one action of which sends PDF files that have been generated by the app to a Xerox 4127 printer on the network. This is accomplished via shelling out and running ...
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Does symlinking from Drive A to Drive B affect I/O on Drive A?

I was wondering if IO through a symbolic link affects IO on the host drive even if it points to a seperate drive? My setup is, /dev/sdb2 1.8T 443G 1.3T 26% /home1 /dev/sda3 1.8T 1.7T ...
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Is it against linux ethos to provide a progress indicator for running commands? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why doesn't cp have a progress bar like wget? Lately I have been dealing with rather large files in Linux. I often use commands like sed, cut, sort, uniq, awk, and ...
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Does the filesystem influence flash drive speed?

I'm currently filling up an empty 16GB flash drive which gives me a lot of time for imponderables. It's formatted as fat32 or whatever it came with (and I'll probably leave it that way for ease of ...
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Book or online article on analysis and tuning Linux system performance

I am looking for a good book or online article on analysis and tuning Linux system performance. So far I've found openSUSE 12.2 System Analysis and Tuning Guide which looks promising. Any other ...
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Linux mutex spins [closed]

On Solaris I can use mpstat to see the smtx (i.e., spins on mutex or in other words locks not acquired on the first try) value. This value increasing indicates that swap is being hit too frequently ...
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Fast elimination of duplicate lines across multiple files

I have a huge amount of data in which each (data-)line should be unique. There are a lot of files in one folder in which this is already true. It is about 15GB splitted into roughly 170 files with ...
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Read only new parts of a file?

I have a large CSV file, that grows by some entries every day (created by an external software which writes always to this one file, no splitting possible). For performance reasons and further ...
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Defragmentation of LVM2 logical volumes

Question: Is there a tool supporting de-fragmentation of LVM2 logical volumes ? (Making their extents into consistent sequences) Preferably by defining desired order of extents (something like ...
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How to have find only search for files in changed directories?

Currently I'm repeatedly doing a 'find' that's too slow. I'm searching for non-hidden executable files within "$root", excluding "$root/bin": find "$root" -type f -perm -o+x -not -path "$root/bin/*" ...
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Replace require statements by autoload in .emacs file to improve performance

According to these posts: How can I make emacs start-up faster a-nickels-worth.blogspot.de/effective emacs one can somehow replace require and load statements in the .emacs file to speed up the ...
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Tweak gimp for performance

I just realized that I can start gimp (version 2.8) via gimp -d to reduce startup time on an old system. Are there other tweaks to speed up the startup time of gimp and reduce memory usage?
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What could cause a NAS mount to respond slowly?

I've a directory on a NAS mount (from NetApp), that contains ~6300 image files, total size of this directory is ~ 300 MB. I get two different performances of time ls: First time (or after waiting 5-7 ...
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What keeps one side of an rsync so busy?

I've got a debian machine in my lan serving as a backup server for the others. It has four HDDs combined into a software RAID 5 md device, on that an lvm, and on that a btrfs. Backups are made using ...
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Why is ping so slow?

My setup: Server in the cellar + GBit switch. Long cable to the roof. GBit switch. I have three computers in the roof. One has only 100MBit ethernet, one laptop with GBit and a new computer. Ping ...
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Does the position of partition on disk affect speed?

If I put /var as first partition, then /home and /, will the partition for /var have better performance than if I put other partitions close to head of the disk? Will the disk sector position matter? ...
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How to find what's hogging what resources? [closed]

I've found lots of similar questions, but nothing that's exactly right. I'm trying to figure out what's making one server run slower than another. I'm hoping for something that would say something ...
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Linux running slow with 0 swap left

Our Linux server is responding very slowly. top doesn't show any excessive CPU usage. I noticed that even though there's about 5GB of free memory, the system is using all of swap with no free swap ...
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write file to NFS speed issue

I have a big data file need to write to NFS directory which is mapped under a Windows system. I had 2 different approaches to achieve this. I wrote (using the “save as” command) from the app directly ...
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How to get better desktop performance in linux?

Normally I do not care much about desktop - performance, since my servers do not run any gui. But at home I run some older hardware (Pentium) which gets sometimes very sluggish (mouse-movements in ...
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Is it possible to trigger OOM-killer on forced swapping?

Is it possible to have the system preemptively swap out inactive pages (vm.swappiness), but invoke the oom-killer when the system runs out of RAM (as opposed to running out of memory) and is forced to ...
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NFS Option Reload without Service Restart

What do I need to do to change the RPCNFSDCOUNT setting without a full service restart? I need to reload the NFS configuration without restarting the service. The RPCNFSDCOUNT thread count is too low ...
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How do I tell if a Wine application uses hardware or software rendering?

I'm building an appliance/kiosk-type machine which is going to run a single fullscreen Wine application (Synthesia). I'm using Arch Linux running LXDE on an original 7-inch EeePC (well, souped up to ...
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Is disabling barriers for ext4 safe on a laptop with battery?

The manual page says about the barrier option for ext4: Write barriers enforce proper on-disk ordering of journal commits, making volatile disk write caches safe to use, at some performance ...
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“Remote function call interrupts” (CAL in /proc interrupts). What is it?

I'm running a test program which generates a large number of threads and asynchronous I/O. I'm seeing very high counts of these interrupts in /proc/interrupts, the program cannot scale beyond a ...
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How to configure a filesystem+LVM for effective usage of SSD?

ext4 is one of the filesystems recommended for using on SSDs (with a number of built-in techniques and advices how to tune it for better performance and wear-levelling of SSDs). I want to install a ...
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Throttling web crawlers

My website is being DoS'ed by Google webspiders. Google is welcome to index my site, but sometimes it is querying a tagcloud on my site faster than my webserver can produce the results, making my ...
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Optimize command yum

I would like knowing if there is a way to increase the performance of the command yum to install and search packages. I'm a very happy new user of Fedora 16.
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Connected external HDD slows down system

I need to connect large external hard disks (with many many files) to a system running Ubuntu. I have no idea how the Linux kernel is treating the inodes for the external drives, but attaching huge ...
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Perform test of aes-ni and aes module in linux kernel

Since both aes-ni and aes module are available in linux kernel , how can I give it a performance test , to decide which one's faster ?
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How do I record disk performance on slow hardware and then replay it to faster hardware and benchmark it?

I am currently performing various development tasks that are slow on my current system because of IO performance. Is there a way to record disk operations while performing IO consuming tasks, ...
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What's faster, dd 1.5TB or rsync 500GB?

I need to save data from a failing hard drive. Sounds like ddrescue or myrescue (or maybe clonezilla?) will be my best friends here, but I'm just wondering what will likely be faster: using ...
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Software raid checksumming slow

On my new 24 disk array I get 900 MB/s of raw read or write using dd to all the disks. When I set the disks up as a 24 disk RAID6 I get 400 MB/s write and 600 MB/s read. It seems to be due to ...
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Opensuse 11.4 very slow on 8 GB RAM i5 processor

EDIT : This is when top is run with "M" . Snapshot when Eclipse starts ( using "iotop") Snapshot when Eclipse building workspace After Eclipse has done its thing Its as slow as before ...
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High load average, low CPU usage - why?

We're seeing huge performance problems on a web application and we're trying to find the bottleneck. I am not a sysadmin so there is some stuff I don't quite get. Some basic investigation shows the ...
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vmstat IO stats: why the high bo during a download?

On my RHEL 4 machine, I was downloading a huge file (2.5GB)..I was checking the output of vmstat and was especially curious about seeing the disk IO using bi and bo. I know iostat is a better tool ...
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Faster awk script to get the substring / string we wanted

ORDER EVENT .........[] [] ... so many other tags... [Account<25106>=ACCT1] [Destination...] .. so many other tags. I am currently trying to get the account like this. I tried using match in ...
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using SSH to connect to remote CentOS 5.6 server where Firefox running on server is very slow [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to speed up X over SSH on a slow network connection? I've installed firefox on CentOS 5.6 and I'm using X11 SSH to remotely login to view the browser. Firefox ...
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Timescales of any task in linux kernel?

I am studying how Linux kernel works and getting interested in the timescale of anything that happens in the kernel. Of course I know it depends on the HW, but would like to get an example. For ...
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Why FOSS 3d performs so badly, compared to proprietary. Trying to understand

I know this is not the best question, I'm just trying to understand what needs improvement. I just read a Phoronix article, which compared the FOSS radeon drivers a 5 years old FGLRX catalyst. As ...
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What settings can I use to maximize FFMpeg performance?

I'm trying to do some screencasting, but since my computer is much too old and slow the video being produced is laggy and the application I'm trying to record becomes unresponsive due to the CPU ...
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check patterns that don't exist in sqlite

I explained a similar situation with plain text files on Grep huge number of patterns from huge file. Many people there said I should, so now I'm migrating my data to a sqlite database: I have a file ...
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Can I configure my Linux system for more aggressive file system caching?

I am neither concerned about RAM usage (as I've got enough) nor about losing data in case of an accidental shut-down (as my power is backed, the system is reliable and the data are not critical). But ...
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SysBench highlighting abysmal disk write performance on white box vs Tier1 server

Have been testing white box system with SuperMicro X8DTL motherboard with various SATA hard disks such as 7,200RPM Seagate Constellation ES and 10,000 RPM Western Digital VelociRaptor. Have tested ...