Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.


  Search this Thread
Old 09-12-2009, 11:45 AM   #1
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: The Netherlands
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 171

Rep: Reputation: 34
desktop unresponsive during file copy

Whenever I copy files around on local disk or over nfs, my desktop becomes overly unresponsive. During the copy, it takes 10-30 seconds to open a tab in firefox, switch application windows or open konsole. This is a relatively new machine with a quad core cpu and 4GB ram, and I feel it should allow me to use graphical applications while copying files..

I have the same behavior using KDE in Slackware 12.2 and 13.0. Always had, but today I feel the need to scratch the itch. The system is not swapping to disk, in fact swap isn't touched at all. There are no processes worth mentioning other than cp and some generic desktop apps like firefox / thunderbird. I have no idea why it's slowing down so much, or where I should look for problems.

Any ideas?
Old 09-12-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
Amigo developer
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Germany
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 4,891

Rep: Reputation: 569Reputation: 569Reputation: 569Reputation: 569Reputation: 569Reputation: 569
cp is very CPU-intensive and will 'take over' all the spare cycles available. From the command-line you could use 'nice' to make it be less of a 'hog', but that won't help you with konqueror or whatever other filer, which use the same underlying library calls as cp.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
copy last 10000+ lines of large text file to a temporary file emilyg Linux - Newbie 3 06-24-2009 03:43 PM
how to copy a file to a directory ,where file and dir are sent as args to a function? wrapster Programming 1 06-08-2008 08:00 AM
lunix command to copy backup file from desktop to pendrive sainiurk Linux - Newbie 1 03-25-2008 06:11 AM
Is arrangement of file systems will differ if we copy a file from FAT 32 to ext 3 ? anindyanuri Linux - Software 2 02-20-2005 12:39 PM
How to copy from desktop to floppy? jhecht Linux - Software 6 06-27-2004 12:09 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:14 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration