Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 571586
High Load in Fedora 12
Last modified: 2013-01-13 08:04:31 EST
Description of problem: I have Fedora 12 installed as a virtual guest in VirtualBox 3.1.4 on a Windows XP SP3 32-bit host. Guest additions are installed. After a fresh install, and logging into the system, the system load is will past 5. With only one CPU installed on the system, this puts a great deal of stress on the guest.
The load also picks up substantially when doing updates, installing packages, using sound or video applications, or doing anything lightly intensive on the system.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): This doesn't seem to be applied to any specific component outside of the system itself. I've turned off a number of services that I don't need, and still find the load excruciatingly high. However, due to the requirements of filing a new bug, I've labeled the component as Upstart, although this might not be accurate.
How reproducible: Upon every login, install of an RPM package or running updates from PackageKit.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Virtualbox 3.1.4 on Windows XP.
2. Install Fedora 12 as a guest in Virtualbox.
3. Login to Fedora, and notice the system load.
Actual results: Load is around 5-6 when logging in. Similar results when using PackageKit.
Expected results: I would expect the load to be less than .5 when doing day-to-day tasks.
Additional info: Installing guest additions from Virtualbox into the Fedora guest does not change the results.
I've also submitted a bug to VirtualBox directly: please follow any progress there as appropriate.
Upstart was an... interesting guess...
If it shows up in all sorts of apps its probably either the kernel or some widely-linked library like glibc. Kernel's smart money.
It appears the kernel is a better guess. Booting into kernel 22.214.171.124-174.2.22.fc12.i686 allows for a successful login to GDM, while booting into 126.96.36.199-67.fc12.i686 does not. It just hangs after providing my password to GDM.
If you need any log files, let me know.
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