Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 69315
General Gnome2 slowness
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:44:19 EDT
Description of Problem:
Not really sure what to log this against...
The basic problem is that doing anything Gnome related seems to take forever.
This is from starting up gnome itself, to starting anything vaguely gnome
related. There are exceptions, and these appear to be generic X applications,
such as mozilla, and VNC.
Examples: Gnome startup - 2 mins, Evolution startup 2 mins, Terminal startup 30
Once the applications are running they behave properly, and are no longer slow.
For some reason it just seems to be loading of the applications which is the
The system did not do this the very first time it was booted after installation,
but since then has done so. I have tried removing all gnome configs from the
users directory, and clearing out the /tmp directory, but nothing seems to help.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. start gnome
2. do something
Applications take far too long to start
Should be quicker than this
Dual Athlon MP 2000,
120GB IBM Deskstar HD,
1GB DDR RAM
I have tried the system will all DMA options both on and off, so it doesn't
appear to be the speed of the hard drive or anything like that.
What kernel are you running?
Try "strace -t -f -o output slowapp" and then we can analyze "output"
I'm using the "default" SMP kernel that shipped with the Limbo beta - I've not
rebuilt it or anything.
Actual kernel RPM is kernel-smp-2.4.18-5.58, like I said, I've not recomipled
it. Out of the box, as it were.
Created attachment 66327 [details]
output from strace when running evolution from the command line (GZIP'd)
Can't seem to do an strace from starting X, as X doesn't seem to like it...
Some stuff in the strace looked like you may be having issues with NIS.
Try switching to local passwd file temporarily perhaps.
NIS isn't enabled. In the Authentication settings I only have:
Use Shadow Passwords
Use MD5 Passwords
Enable SMB Support
OK, I was going by the fact that it read a file with NIS in the name, then
got stuck for a bit.
Maybe it's the SMB thing? I'm not sure what that does authentication-wise.
Tried switching off the SMB authentication, but it seems to have no effect on
This seems to be related to the hostname and DNS resolution.
My machine name is deepthought and my DNS 'name' is cyberdine.com
If I leave the machines' hostname at just deepthought X and Gnome run as fast as
I would expect. As soon as I add the .cyberdine.com suffix the system completely
If I put in an incorrect domain name, eg deepthought.com then x just will not
start at all.
This is also present in limbo beta 2.
So is "nslookup `hostname`" slow when gnome is slow?
most gnome apps do indeed do the equivalent of that on startup.
Pretty much the same DNS issue as #74910 I would say.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 74910 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.