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

Eric Gerlach eric+kwlug at gerlach.ca
Fri Jun 5 15:37:02 EDT 2009

On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 02:45:46PM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Jun 2009, Chris Frey wrote:
> > On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 12:12:54PM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > >   no hard drive activity.  i was fairly careful -- when a package was
> > > being configured and was taking more than just a few seconds, i'd
> > > verify that neither the HD nor the DVD drive were active.  the instant
> > > i moved the mouse, zoom, progress!  stop the mouse and, very quickly,
> > > back to a quiet state.
> > >
> > >   has no one ever seen this behaviour before?  it's a new one on me.
> >
> > The only place I've seen this sort of behaviour is when I use
> > Mozilla on Debian (etch and lenny) with an X config using VESA
> > drivers. I click on a webpage link, and it doesn't load until I move
> > the mouse. I usually don't wait very long before moving the mouse,
> > so I don't know how long it would ultimately take, but it is a
> > noticable hiccup. It doesn't seem to affect any other app.
> >
> > I haven't seen it during the install, but I used the text mode install
> > last time, as I recall.
>   just did another test on this and, weirdly, even text mode now
> configures packages during install excruciatingly slowly.  right now,
> the install progress bar is at 71%, "Configuring ftp".  it's been
> there for the last 45 seconds.  and now, i press ENTER a few times ...
> zoom!  and i hold down the ENTER key, it just smokes along.  that's
> just weird.  and thoroughly annoying.

I have no idea what's going on, but you might get have better luck
asking on debian-user, or submitting a bug.

I'm sure someone's run into it before... somewhere...



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