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Old 05-29-2004, 09:24 AM   #1
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emerging makes everything slow

i recently switched over to gentoo and im not sure if this is true for other distros i never really tested it but when i emerge something while its compiling it takes up a lot of the cpu usage and makes everything else run slow. whil ei was compiling something i ran glx gears and it got down to a slittle as 8 fps and when i did it without something compiling it jumped back up to around 4000. is this normal? has anyone else experienced this. i never really payed attention to it when i was using other distros so it could just be a compiling thing.
Old 05-29-2004, 11:53 PM   #2
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From what I have done it seems to be the case that Gentoo will run slower when compiling, of course with customization after the package is compiled it will usally run faster and more stable
Old 05-30-2004, 12:20 AM   #3
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Any distro will run slower when compiling something.
Old 05-30-2004, 01:46 AM   #4
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Compiling code is a very processor and RAM intensive task. That's why when I compile anything major, I do it while sleeping, or otherwise away from the computer.

It does depend on the computer though...on my Athlon 2200+ I can compile, listen to xmms, and browse the web without any lag or slowdown.
Old 05-30-2004, 02:39 AM   #5
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yeah ive got an athlon 2500 running at the 3200 speed and while it doesnt really slow me down while im doing other things i just noticed that glx gears go mighty slow
Old 05-30-2004, 03:39 PM   #6
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If you don't mind a bit longer compile time you might investigate the nice command.
It can assign a lower precedence to the emerge process, allowing your other processes a bigger slice of your cpu cycles.
(man nice)
Old 05-30-2004, 05:38 PM   #7
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no its not that bad i cant notice that much difference only when i look at numbers, but i'll look into that for future reference, thank!


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