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Nov 12, 2010

For about 15 minutes or so after login on my FreeBSD 8.1 (yes, I know its not Linux) the hard drive goes absolutely crazy with activity. So much so that it takes a while for the ls command to read the contents of the directory. But after the 15 minutes or so the disk activity calms down and returns to normal.

Im thinking it is some sort of fsck command, but I am unsure where or how to disable it. The hard drive is connected via sata to the mobo. Im not quite sure what other info I can post to find out what is going on. Just tell me what other info is needed and Ill post it up.

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Oct 18, 2010

I have something that is poling my hard drive about every two seconds. It's really not necessary I don't think. I am not sure how to find out what process it is. My memory usage is pretty low and I am not using any swap.How do I go about tracking the culprit down?

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Mar 6, 2010

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I'll be typing or scrolling, and there is fairly regularly a hesitation of a second or two in which nothing happens on-screen, and then everything catches up again, ie the keyboard buffer empties to screen or the page scrolls a lot.

I've tried changing the Nvidia driver and the disk iosched elevator, which were the only ideas I could find when searching on this issue.

It seems to me that (a) the CPU usage shouldn't be jumping up like that, and (b) even if it does, it shouldn't affect keyboard an mouse activity to such an extent. This only started happening after switching from 32-bit to 64-bit Karmic.

Intel Q6600 2.4GHz quad-core CPU
Gigabyte EP45-UD3L motherboard (P45 chipset)
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Apr 6, 2011

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Jan 12, 2011

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Is there a tool that can show me in real time the number of disk IO operations per second and the amount of data read/written per second? Can all this info be broken down and displayed per process?

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For example, I am working with a system that has BASE 1.4.3 installed, and I know there is a newer version out (1.4.4), but want to make sure that is in the repository. Does apt-get have something similar to portmaster in FreeBSD? Where it tells you what version you have installed, and what version is available to download?

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I created an empty partition where FreeBSD will be installed (see screnshot below).

Now, where should I locate the .iso file? On my root partition? On my home partition? On the new partition (ZFS formatted)? Does it matter?

How should I set up my Grub2? I was thinking of adding this to /etc/grub.d/40_custom (if the partition where the .iso is located is /Home):


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Mar 17, 2010

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I installed FreeBSD on the empty space at the beginning of the drive. The slice I created did not start on the first block. There were a few MB of free space before and after it.

After the installation finished (with no errors), grub would hang on the "Grub loading/Welcome to Grub screen". I booted a squeeze CD in rescue mode and reinstalled grub to /dev/sda. After rebooting, Grub still hangs at the same place.

I booted a live CD and checked the output of fdisk. For each of my partitions, it says "Partition does not end on cylinder boundary". I am hoping that whatever happened to my disk is not recoverable. Fortunately, I backed up some essential files beforehand, but I still don't really want to lose my old squeeze system.

Right now I am fscking all partitions.

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