RH9 slowness (& helpful subject lines)

Luis Villa louie at ximian.com
Thu Oct 30 05:44:12 PST 2003


FWIW, Fedora 1.0 (aka RH10) should be out within the week; you might
want to wait for that before going through the whole install/upgrade
hassle.
Luis

On Wed, 2003-10-29 at 19:55, Gordon Mohr wrote:
> This is genuinely useful info. I'll now look into RH9 as a potential
> primary desktop OS again -- after having been baffled by its slowness
> last time I evaluated it.
> 
> Lucas, thanks for asking; Justin, thanks for answering.
> 
> I almost missed it, though, because it came under a senseless
> subject line. Please don't hide useful information under
> manic pissfest subject lines!
> 
> - Gordon
> 
> Justin Mason wrote:
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> > Lucas Gonze writes:
> > 
> >>Speaking of kill files, does anybody know why Red Hat 9 is so much 
> >>slower than previous versions?  I installed it on the beater box that I 
> >>lend out and use for emergencies and it's unusable.
> > 
> > 
> > A few reasons:
> > 
> > - - UTF-8 by default throughout the OS, including in the boot scripts; this
> >   means odd and/or non-optimized collation rules etc. make sure you set
> >   "LANG=C" instead of "LANG=en_US.utf8".
> > 
> > - - some horrible wchar_t patches applied to various things.  The RH9
> >   version of Tcl/Tk, for example, uses 4x the RAM for text areas, due to a
> >   patch that makes them use wchar_t instead of char.   This *massively*
> >   screws up most useful Tk apps, like ExMH.
> > 
> > - - apparently, RH9 came with block cache settings that are suboptimal.
> >   A thread here:
> >   http://lists.ximian.com/archives/public/users/2003-June/010158.html
> >   and elsewhere notes that this helps:
> > 
> > 	/sbin/sysctl -w vm.bdflush="30 500 0 0 2560 15360 60 20 0"
> > 
> >   WFM!
> > 
> > My next install will run Debian ;) -- assuming Fedora doesn't sort it
> > all out.  The UTF-8 fiasco especially pissed me off.
> > 
> > PS: re http://www.w3.org/2003/10/28-906-briefing -- go W3C!
> > 
> > - --j.
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