OLS: On how user space sucks
Posted Jul 21, 2006 11:20 UTC (Fri) by Viddy
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Just for sh*ts and giggles, and because my laptop makes lots of fan noise when it uses lots of processor power and gets hot (its a Compaq Evo n1020v P4 2.4GHz) I thought I might run strace on various processes running on a stock ubuntu install to see why it didn't idle at 300mhz and buggerall cpu usage.
Wow. I'm not a particularly good coder, but my understanding is that if it polls like a large chunk of the desktop programs do, generally, you've done it wrong. I know of the sleep() and usleep() functions, and I'm pretty sure I could figure out callbacks.
It seems that the cups daemon responds with http headers several times per second to none other than... gnome-cups-icon. I mean, It's nice to see printers appearing when the cups daemon finds them on the network, but checking multiple times per second?
The update-notifier spits out craploads of file reads per second. I'm pretty sure that my ubuntu repositories don't change _that_ often :)
The upshot of this is that I'm now irritated enough to start downloading source and submitting patches.
The part that gets me is that neither of my machines are that slow, and yet, under a linux desktop, it feels like I'm trying to push mud around with my mouse. I want my desktop to feel snappy.
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