Bug 502042 - system-config-lvm start-up extremely slow with remote display over a slow network
system-config-lvm start-up extremely slow with remote display over a slow net...
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: system-config-lvm (Show other bugs)
All Linux
medium Severity medium
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Assigned To: Marek Grac
Cluster QE
: 568417 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2009-05-21 11:34 EDT by Olivier Fourdan
Modified: 2016-04-26 10:42 EDT (History)
10 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: system-config-lvm-1.1.5-3.el5
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-03-30 04:42:38 EDT
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Proposed patch (948 bytes, patch)
2009-05-21 11:34 EDT, Olivier Fourdan
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Description Olivier Fourdan 2009-05-21 11:34:45 EDT
Created attachment 344983 [details]
Proposed patch

Description of problem:

system-config-lvm startup is extremely slow when used and display over a slow network connection such as a slow VPN.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

100% reproducible in the case of our customer

Steps to Reproduce:

1. Run system-config-lvm over a very slow network connection
Actual results:

system-config-lvm takes ages to startup and seems to hang

Expected results:

suystem-config-lvm starts up rapidly

Additional info:

The problem is caused by the refresh of the progress bar at startup.

For each line output by each command ran by system-config-lvm, the UI is refreshed.

In execute.py:

225     while len(in_list) != 0:
226         # let GUI update
227         if update_gtk:
228             while gtk.events_pending():
229                 gtk.main_iteration()
230         i,o,e = select.select(in_list, [], [], 0.1)
231         for fd in i:
232             if fd == read:
233                 s = os.read(read, 1000)
234                 if s == '':
235                     in_list.remove(read)
236                 rc = rc + s
237             if fd == read_err:
238                 s = os.read(read_err, 1000)
239                 if s == '':
240                     in_list.remove(read_err)
241                 rc_err = rc_err + s

Removing the while gtk.events_pending()/gtk.main_iteration() fixes the issue for the customer but obviously does not refresh the progress bar anymore.

Instead, an in-between solution might be to move the refresh out of the loop so that the UI is refreshed only once per command launched (still s-c-lvm runs a lot of commands, I counted more than 250 external commands launched by system-config-lvm, and that's only on a simple virtual machine, I would expect a lot more on a real production system with more storage)

That's what the attached patch does. I will propose a test package to our customer to see if that improves the start-up time to something acceptable in his case.

There might be other approaches to the problem, like adding a command line option or even try to detect if the DISPLAY is local or remote but I am not sure this would be adequate.
Comment 4 Marek Grac 2009-12-15 07:42:36 EST
Progress bar is fluent after removing that update on local computer, so I set it as default.
Comment 7 Chris Ward 2010-02-11 05:20:30 EST
~~ Attention Customers and Partners - RHEL 5.5 Beta is now available on RHN ~~

RHEL 5.5 Beta has been released! There should be a fix present in this 
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here, by March 3rd 2010 (2010-03-03) or sooner.

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If you encounter any issues while testing, please describe them and set 
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Comment 8 Marek Grac 2010-03-02 03:31:32 EST
*** Bug 568417 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Brian Brock 2010-03-10 14:47:29 EST
fix verified in system-config-lvm-1.1.5-4.el5

tested over a vpn connection across public networks.  Moderate network traffic on the desktop.  sc-lvm started about as fast as any other X application, certainly not 20 minutes.
Comment 11 errata-xmlrpc 2010-03-30 04:42:38 EDT
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on therefore solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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