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Limit on the number of btrfs snapshots?

I am considering using btrfs on my data drive so that I can use snapper, or something like snapper, to take time based snapshots. I believe this will let me browse old versions of my data. This would ...
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Samba daemon hammering CPU on CentOS 5.6 VM on bootup

I have a problem where my Centos 5.6 VM is running very slow on my Win7 machine, and looking at top I can see that the Samba daemon smbd is sitting at the top of the list hitting the CPU big time, ...
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Reduce bad block retry / wait times in Ubuntu

How can I reduce the IO wait time and retry times so that the OS doesn't continually try to write to a failing drive? I have an system that I use to make copies of demo content that gets loaned out ...
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How can I defragment my SSD on linux?

This page demonstrates that defragmentation is beneficial for SSDs. I suppose this type of defragmentation has to be trim-aware, so as to preserve the life time of the disk. How can I do that on ...
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NFS server optimization for maximum performance

I'm looking for maximum of performance for a NFS mount. I'm on local network, it could be completly unsecure, the performance is the most important in my case. What I already found : In /etc/export ...
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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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Testing the Success of a Congestion Algorithm

How do you test whether a particular congestion algorithm is working for you? I ask because it's not as if I can easily re-create a representative workload for most algorithms. I'm current looking at ...
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Attempting to Abbreviate kSAR's PDF output

I'm currently writing a cronjob around kSar's command line (non-GUI) options in order generate PDF's. I'm just going to email a PDF of the previous day's activity to a different webmaster (basically ...
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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 ...
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Audio/video out of sync when playing MP4s in mplayer

When I try to play MP4 files in mplayer, after a few seconds I get the "Your system is too SLOW to play this!" warning and the video starts lagging behind the audio. It only happens with MP4s, and ...
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is there an open source tool to measure cpu performance?

I have used many times ab for measuring web performance, hdparm for measuring hard disk performance and netperf for measuring network performance. But I didn't find any tools to measure cpu ...
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Ubuntu with LAMP+Mediawiki suffering spikes

I'm sorry if this question is off topic, but I'll give it a shot: I have a VPS running Ubuntu 12.04, a LAMP stack, and Mediawiki. After installing Mediawiki I noticed that my wiki site was spiking, ...
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Why is writing so slow on raw device, and so fast on filesystem (USB key)?

I have a USB key that I am trying to benchmark quick'n'dirty on Linux. I'm testing write bandwith. dd on raw partition I created a partition starting at sector 2048, then did a 4 GB sequential ...
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How to make dpkg faster?

Package (un)installation on a Debian system is horribly slow, partly because it works with a whole bunch of (small) files. Short of getting faster storage, how do I speed it up? I'm thinking maybe ...
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Should I disable hyperthreading when concerned about performance of single-threaded applications?

I use a i5-2410M processor, which is setup to do hyperthreading by default on my laptop. Considering that this is a 2-core processor, this means it can do 4 threads at a time. This also means that ...
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Slow Linux machine [closed]

Every time I login (via ssh) in my Linux/debian computer it takes too long for the password prompt to appear. Also, every time I try to run a python script or a tcpdump it takes too long until it ...
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What keeps one side of an rsync so busy?

I've got a Debian machine on 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 btrfs. Backups are made using ...
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Should I care about unnecessary cats?

A lot of command-line utilities can take their input either from a pipe or as a filename argument. For long shell scripts, I find starting the chain off with a cat makes it more readable, especially ...
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Cgroups - memory subsystem

I want to set the memory.limit_in_bytes parameter for a control group and disable OOM, so processes freeze when the limit is reached. But i want to change that limit dynamically, if there is more ...
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apache mod_security and performance

I have a list of bots to block, so I was thinking that fail2ban could be a solution until I realized that mod_security would be more efficient in this kind of tasks. The number of bots is huge, so ...
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OTG musb and full speed bulk endpoint throughput

We are developing an application on an OMAP3 device (DM3730 ti). An acquisition board gets samples and sends them to the OMAP board via USB. This acquisition board does a 16KHz sampling which ...
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Advantages to uploading files to /tmp before moving off to permanent storage?

It seems the common trend in programming when building functionality for handling file uploads is to have the file first uploaded to a temporary directory/folder (e.g. /tmp on Linux). Once the file ...
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Large ext4 partition ridiculously slow when writing

We have four identical Linux servers with a large (5T) hard disk partition. We have Scientific Linux with this kernel: Linux s3.law.di.unimi.it 2.6.32-358.18.1.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Aug 27 14:23:09 ...
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Does ionice work with the deadline scheduler?

My Debian Wheezy systems use the deadline scheduler. I'm accustomed to using ionice to reschedule the I/O priority of disk-intensive jobs at busy times, and anecdotally this seems to help (but I ...
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Do kernel threads seem to interfere with full tickless mode?

I'm trying to disable local timer interrupts for low latency. I have full tickless mode enabled in the kernel config and I have the boot parameter nohz_full set for the cores in question. However ...
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Very high CPU load, but nothing significant in top

I'm running Ubuntu Linux 12.04.1, with VirtualMin 4.08.gpl GPL and 2 CPU cores. Pretty much all the time for the last few weeks, it's been running at well above load average of 5, usually up closer ...
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How do I create a RAM disk on Linux Mint?

I am running a package that adds data to the end of 140–300 files each time through the process. I'm thinking of moving the process to a RAM disk, and using rsync to copy it back when done. My goal ...
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How to limit resource usage to save CPU+RAM for a certain process?

I have a dev server on which sshd sometimes stops working because the machine runs out of RAM. Yes we are running low on memory and upgrading is not a feasible choice right now. What I want to do is ...
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Very poor read performance compared to write performance on md(raid1) / crypt(luks) / lvm

I'm experiencing very poor read performance over raid1/crypt/lvm. In the same time, write speeds are about 2x+ faster on the same setup. On another raid1 setup on the same machine I get normal read ...
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slow media - disk cache tuning?

Is there any way to make the system more consistent when using LUKS? (or slow storage in general) as it is everything is snappy until the write buffer is full, then everything grinds to a halt as the ...
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If a buggy application underperforms, it it possible server tuning could have no affect?

To set the stage, imagine if you will: A read-heavy Tomcat Application with MySQL on Red Hat Enterprise Linux with some problematic Java Class files which resulted in the application performing a ...
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Monitoring Disk Latency

We have quite a few physical machines in our environment, yet we have no trending data over a period of time for disk latency statistics. We can easily run the standard iostat commands to see what the ...
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What is the expected performance of obnam? Or: why is it so slow?

I've been playing around with obnam these last few days, and although it looks very promising and seems to offer basically everything I ever wanted in a backup tool, I am pretty disappointed in its ...
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How do you empty the buffers and cache on a Linux system?

Prior to doing some benchmarking work how would one free up the memory (RAM) that the Linux Kernel is consuming for its buffers and cache?
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CPU Placement in KVM

I have a configuration of KVM guests where the cpu placement is configured as follows: <vcpu placement='static'>1</vcpu> Now since I don't have a cpuset specified I was reading libvirt ...
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Is it useful to setup RAID0 on laptop? [closed]

I have a Dell laptop, which I am going to replace the CD-ROM hub with a HDD. I am thinking if I setup a RAID0 on my original HDD and the new HDD, would I have some I/O performance improvement? ...
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How does downloading speed vary between download managers? [closed]

I used several download managers on Ubuntu and found variation in downloading speed. uGet (recommended) Flareget xdm (Xtreme Download Manager) Steadyflow I find variation in downloading speed. My ...
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Performance differences between pipelines and process substitution

I tend to use pipelines in my bash scripts over process substitution in most situations, especially in cases of using multiple sets of commands as it seems more readable to do ... | ... | ... over ... ...
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Why is iterating over a file twice faster than reading it into memory and computing twice?

I'm comparing the following tail -n 1000000 stdout.log | grep -c '"success": true' tail -n 1000000 stdout.log | grep -c '"success": false' with the following log=$(tail -n 1000000 stdout.log) echo ...
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speed up linux server [closed]

On my VPS, I have centOS 6.5 installed with 2 virtual cpu 2048 MB memory, 60 GB disk and 300 GB monthly data. Doing a speed test today resulted in 168.62 Mbit/s dload and 37.39 Mbit/s upload. Then my ...
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Why is rm slow?

I have been trying to use rsnapshot for making backups, but I'm finding it unusable. While it is able to diff a directory (50gb) and duplicate it (hardlinking every file) in a few minutes, and I can ...
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Sync writes very slow. Ubuntu 10.10, 32 bits, ext4

I am running ActiveMQ on my Macbook Pro that runs Ubuntu 10.10, 32 bits with an ext4 partition. Linux iker-laptop 2.6.35-23-generic-pae #40-Ubuntu SMP Wed Nov 17 22:32:51 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux If ...
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Why load is high despite the fact that neither CPU or disk is overused

I'm getting the following output from top: Cpu(s): 43.8%us, 32.5%sy, 4.8%ni, 2.0%id, 15.6%wa, 0.2%hi, 1.2%si, 0.0%st Mem: 16331504k total, 15759412k used, 572092k free, 4575980k buffers ...
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performance monitoring

Is there some performace monitoring tool which would run in background gathering info about all system activity? Somethimes my system (Arch linux, 32 bit) slows down terribly and the top utility ...
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How to record the actual running time of a program with other programs running? [duplicate]

When timing the wall time performance of an OpenMP program on Linux while other programs are running, how can I get the actual running time?
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RFC 2544 / Y1564 software implementation

Is there any RFC 2544 and/or Y1564 software available for Linux? I'm aware that tools like iperf, bw-ng and bmon exist, but I was not able to find something that mimics Ethernet tester functionality ...
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is star faster than GNU and BSD tar? [closed]

I made serveral runs (create a tarball) on OS X Mavericks with BSD tar, GNU tar and star. star is always the winner. System is iMac (Mid 2010) only running Terminal. root@time var> du -sh log/ ...
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Poor random read SSD performance on Linux

I recently got an Intel 320-series SSD, and I am having difficulty achieving the advertised 38K IOPS for random 4K reads. Both with fio and my own hacked-together program, I am seeing around 6K IOPS. ...
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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 ...