[kwlug-disc] debian 5.0 (lenny) install goes faster by moving the mouse?

John Kerr jkerr0102 at rogers.com
Fri Jun 5 11:34:47 EDT 2009

I wonder if it is just a video output hang and your mouse activity makes it wake up. Did you check the hard drive light? Was it flickering?


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--- On Fri, 6/5/09, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:

From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
Subject: [kwlug-disc] debian 5.0 (lenny) install goes faster by moving the mouse?
To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
Received: Friday, June 5, 2009, 2:14 PM

  i was installing debian 5.0 on one of my excess laptops this morning, and i was getting a bit frustrated that some package configurations seemed to be taking *forever* -- as in, a single package config taking more than a minute.

  to make sure the system hadn't locked up, i just moved the mouse and, suddenly, a flurry of package config and install.  as soon as the mouse stopped, back to crawling slowness.  repeat, same result.

  is there a reason for this?  the only thing i could think was that package configuration during the installation needed some system randomness and moving the mouse generated enough to keep things moving along.  other than that, i have no idea what that was all about.  and it was entirely reproducible.  thoughts?


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