"[LoN]Kamikaze" writes:

>>>From my perspective scheduling on RELENG_6 was way better. Even on a full

> workload like a portupgrade the focused application (both in X and on the
> console) always received enough cycles to run smoothly and applications that
> ran in background like audio players also kept on running fine.
>
> Quite the contrary on RELENG_7. During a portupgrade or even worse 'pkgdb -L'
> (recovering lost dependencies) audio players (both graphical and mplayer)
> scatter, either because they don't get the hard-disk or CPU-cycles (which one,
> I don't know) and the focused application also often hangs. It just looks like
> occasionally (under load) everything freezes for a second and then goes on
> relatively normal.


Do you have ATA write-caching on or off? My experience is that if you
turn caching off (on RELENG_6_x at least, have not tried 7) the
machine often freezes for seconds when you are writing a lot to the
disk.

Bengt
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