something dpkg-related hogs my resources
On 2010-01-31 10:59 +0100, Liviu Andronic wrote:
> Something dpkg-related hogs my system's resources. It is disturbing
> since it starts by itself, takes many minutes (+/- 1h) and ends by
> itself. I could also not identify one obvious process responsible for
> it. WHen this happens, CPU indicator shows about 50% usage of the two
> cores, while I can spot many `sh' processes (with one of them taking a
> good chunk of CPU), an `md5sum' process starting and ending
> sporadically and a `dpkg-query' one exhibiting similar behaviour.
> Could someone suggest how to track down what triggers this and turn it
> off? Thank you
>From your description I conclude that this is probably a cronjob (or
several cronjobs) that checks the installed files/packages. You can use
the 'pstree' command from the psmisc package to find out which job is
the resource hog when it starts next time.
BTW, do you run testing/unstable and have the debsums package installed?
If so, setting
in /etc/default/debsums could put an end to your problems.
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