Bug 99033 - Excessive disk activity freezes system
Excessive disk activity freezes system
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i586 Linux
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-07-11 23:00 EDT by Philip Schalkx
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:55 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 11:41:17 EDT
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Description Philip Schalkx 2003-07-11 23:00:07 EDT
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Description of problem:
After I installed RH 9.0 (I've been with RH since 5.0), suddenly, at random, my
hard disk (intel t20 laptop, 10GB HD, 128MB RAM), begins an inetnsive disk
activity. During this time, mouse and keyboard<are non-responsive, and my HD led
stays 100% on.

After some 10 minutes, this passes, and I can use the machine again.

Any ideas ?


Philip Schalkx

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How reproducible:
Couldn't Reproduce

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Leave machine on, do anything 

Additional info:
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2003-07-14 12:15:53 EDT
This does not sound like an installation issue - reassigning.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2003-07-14 12:43:41 EDT
It's probably running slocate, or something similar.

This shouldn't completely freeze the system, though; that is probably an I/O
scheduling issue.
Comment 3 Philip Schalkx 2003-07-14 13:19:15 EDT
To be very precise the machine does freeze "completely" when the problem occurs.
If I move the mouse during the problem, the cursor moves some 20-30 seconds
later, in a very sluggish motion. I can ctrl-alt-F1 and login as root (takes a
few minutes), but top or ps don't report any process using a lot of CPU.

A similar problem also occurs when I open some of my windows98 directories:
opening some of them cause the same problem.

Can I do something else to help ?
Comment 4 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 11:41:17 EDT
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/

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