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Old 10-01-2003, 08:44 AM   #1
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gnome / metacity became very slow...

Howdy Folks,

My rh9 box is up2date, but after a few changes to my system, gnome has become extremely slow. Logging in hangs on the splash screen - taking around 30 sec for each icon (panel, etc) to load. Further, the panel never appears (waited several minutes).

What I changed:[list=1][*] added a raid array for doc storage - not used for any system files (mounted as /vault)[*] updated openssl via up2date[*] moved my /home directory to a separate partition. - this is what I think caused the issue (though permissions were fine), so I moved it back - and the issue persisted[/list=1]

the raid array is in sync, not active, and I think I've ruled it out as an issue. "top" shows that the system is almost totally idle. /var/log/messages is not much help, nothing is complaining, no errors, etc.

The system runs fine otherwise (mailserver, webserver, etc) and has not lost responsiveness other that this login oddness.

thoughts? -Larry
Old 10-01-2003, 06:02 PM   #2
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A couple of things you might do to get started troubleshooting:

Go into runlevel3 and run startx -- does the problem persist?

If so, try using ltrace and strace, which track the library and system calls being used by an application.

strace -o startx-strace.out startx

would store the system call history of startx (including gnome-session) and could maybe give you a hint as to what is taking so long (look for a string of failed attempts to access or open some kind of file, maybe?)

Also, could there be a DNS issue? Gnome uses dns to lookup the machine's name. Perhaps these are DNS timeouts?

These are all just wild guesses. There's really not enough info for me to give more at this point. Try this stuff out and see what you find.

Old 10-09-2003, 09:49 AM   #3
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same problem

I have the same problem. If you fixed yours please reply
Old 10-09-2003, 01:25 PM   #4
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Try downloading specific updated drivers off of your video card's official site. Or buy a new one all together...


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