Disk thrashing issue.
Posted on 2000-04-21
I have a Pentium 166 computer, running Red Hat 6.0, with a KDE desktop. The computer is for general family use and sees action on Netscape, kmail, StarOffice and GCC occasionally. There are four family member accounts in addition to the root. The computer has 32M RAM and a 1.2G HDD. The swap file is 135M (which I'm beginning to believe is grossly oversized).
Whenever I log on, the disk goes into a mode of thrashing about for a good five minutes before I even see the desktop. Everyone else in the family does not have this problem when they log on and their desktop comes to life immediately. If I try to start up a program, especially StarOffice, I can very well go away and make a sandwich, read the paper and do a crossword puzzle before the actual screen for StarOffice appears. Meanwhile, anyone else's account has the computer respond immediately. Even root is fine.
What should I be doing to streamline my profile's operation? Is my account creating havoc with the swap file? Is my account eating too much disk space? What would cause my account to be so slow?