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    Question System start e x tr e m e l y slow due to gconfd-2

    I posted this on gnomesupport.org, but got no help. So perhaps someone from here knows an answer.

    Since some days my system is extremely slow on starting. From pressing the power button to a useable gnome desktop it takes half an hour (I observed the watch). I can start a terminal session (which is slower then usually too). top reveals this:
    Code:
    top - 08:29:10 up 21 min,  1 user,  load average: 1.39, 1.85, 1.53
    Tasks: 114 total,   2 running, 111 sleeping,   0 stopped,   1 zombie
    Cpu(s): 63.5%us,  5.6%sy,  0.4%ni,  0.1%id, 29.5%wa,  0.2%hi,  0.6%si,  0.0%st
    Mem:   1408632k total,  1395980k used,    12652k free,     1892k buffers
    Swap:  2104504k total,    48940k used,  2055564k free,   129844k cached
    
      PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND                                                        
     5399 gdm       20   0 1175m 1.1g 2112 R 86.5 83.2   2:13.21 gconfd-2                                                       
     2724 root      20   0  421m  11m 3920 S  7.9  0.8   0:38.39 Xorg                                                           
     3230 root      20   0  3844  312  224 S  2.0  0.0   0:00.17 nscd                                                           
     5419 root      20   0  8528 1044  756 R  2.0  0.1   0:00.01 top                                                            
        1 root      20   0  8072  248  216 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.50 init
    The rest of the list are processes which use no CPU or memory percentage. gconfd-2 uses up to 99% of the CPU and it seems to keep the HD busy too.
    When I login to my gnome session this behavior goes on for another 15 minutes (estimated) before the system gets reactive again. When I logout from gnome without switching off the PC gconfd-2 gets busy again.
    I remember having installed some gnome update from gnome factory (I don't know how the factory repository was activated), but I switched all gnome packets which were from factory back to normal stable versions.
    At the same time I installed a net drive from which I mount two shares (I can't imagine that this is the reason for a hyperactive gconfd-2, but who knows...)
    I reinstalled some system software and renamed some configuration files - all without success.
    Any ideas what I could try?
    openSuSE 11.2
    GNOME 2.28.2
    gconf 2.28.0-2.5
    Thanks
    Stephan

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    Default Re: System start e x tr e m e l y slow due to gconfd-2

    Check drives for bad sectors. Get scan software from makers site.

    Weak sectors can take forever to attempt to read.

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    Default Re: System start e x tr e m e l y slow due to gconfd-2

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    Check drives for bad sectors. Get scan software from makers site.

    Weak sectors can take forever to attempt to read.
    Ok, I did that. (Boot from CD, check Fujitsu HD with Fujitsu tool). The HD appears to be ok.
    Any other idea?

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    Default Re: System start e x tr e m e l y slow due to gconfd-2

    Create a new user, log in as that user, and see if the problem exists for that user.
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    Default Re: System start e x tr e m e l y slow due to gconfd-2

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Create a new user, log in as that user, and see if the problem exists for that user.
    No, this didn't change anything. The problem starts, before I log in. Should I delete my existing user data in case they are corrupted? If so - how could I back up my settings in case this doesn't help?

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    Default Re: System start e x tr e m e l y slow due to gconfd-2

    joesse01 wrote:
    > No, this didn't change anything. The problem starts, before I log in.
    > Should I delete my existing user data in case they are corrupted? If so
    > - how could I back up my settings in case this doesn't help?


    since the problem begins before you log it is is NOT your user data,
    so there is no need to delete it...(you ask how to back up your
    settings, does that mean you do not have a backup from before the SLOW
    began?)

    what happens if you put in the 64 bit gnome live CD....does it boot
    right up and run right?

    what operating system and version are you using? is it fully updated?

    how long did this system run well before these problems began?

    and, in your first post the top output shows 1 zombie...what is that?
    do you have a zombie showing everytime you boot up..

    wait a second: in your first post you say you boot up to a desktop and
    open a terminal...and, then you type what? top, do you type anything
    else before you type 'top'...i ask because it looks like you logged
    into Gnome as root...is that right?

    have you looked in /var/log/messages to see if there are any errors
    you can trace to their source, and solve?

    and, can you do the following in a terminal and copy/paste it back to
    here:

    Code:
    zypper lr -d
    and, last: have you googled to see if you are the only person with
    such a problem?

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    Default Re: System start e x tr e m e l y slow due to gconfd-2

    DenverD wrote:
    > what operating system and version are you using? is it fully updated?


    sorry, i see you included that...i just needed to scroll.....

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    Default Re: System start e x tr e m e l y slow due to gconfd-2

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    joesse01 wrote:
    > No, this didn't change anything. The problem starts, before I log in.
    > Should I delete my existing user data in case they are corrupted? If so
    > - how could I back up my settings in case this doesn't help?


    since the problem begins before you log it is is NOT your user data,
    so there is no need to delete it...(you ask how to back up your
    settings, does that mean you do not have a backup from before the SLOW
    began?)
    I thought that perhaps the login process tries to gather information about the profiles before displaying the user selection window. But all the better...
    And unfortunately no. I was about to install a net drive with samba shares when this started, and I use this mainly for backup purposes - too late :-/

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    what happens if you put in the 64 bit gnome live CD....does it boot
    right up and run right?
    I tried to download a live CD image at gnome.org. Either I am too stupid to find it or they don't offer one right now... Somebody point me in the right direction?

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    how long did this system run well before these problems began?
    I started with openSUSE 11.0 and it has been working well just until now. Except when I was messing with the display driver. (I am using radeon now and I am quite sure there are no ATI remainders in my system.

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    and, in your first post the top output shows 1 zombie...what is that?
    do you have a zombie showing everytime you boot up..
    I don't know what it was. I booted right now and watched top, but the zombie didn't show up.

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    wait a second: in your first post you say you boot up to a desktop and
    open a terminal...and, then you type what? top, do you type anything
    else before you type 'top'...i ask because it looks like you logged
    into Gnome as root...is that right?
    Once I logged into Gnome as root and got a serious warning. I have not done that ever since. What I do is: while the graphical login screen is loading I switch to the console by Ctrl-Alt-F1 and log in as root. I could also login as normal user, but in this situation I do mostly things that require super user powers, so ... no, I didn't type anything before top.

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    have you looked in /var/log/messages to see if there are any errors
    you can trace to their source, and solve?
    There are some errors like (I try to translate german messages)
    Code:
    May  7 19:01:06 zeus gdm-simple-greeter[4356]: WARNING: could not get gconf key '/apps/gdm/simple-greeter/recent-languages': Failure contacting the configuration server; possible reasons are , that TCP/IP is not activated for ORBit or that old NFS locks are set due to a system failure. Further Information is available at http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ (Details   1: No message could be sent to the GConf-daemon: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.)
    They mostly relate to /apps/gdm/simple-greeter, the first one is about /desktop/gnome/session/idle_delay. I - knowing nothing about this - imagine that the reply timeout expired because the system is already slow at that moment. But you might disagree.
    Then there is
    Code:
    May  7 19:01:33 zeus gdm-simple-greeter[4356]: GLib-GObject-CRITICAL: g_param_spec_flags: assertion `G_TYPE_IS_FLAGS (flags_type)' failed
    May  7 19:01:33 zeus gdm-simple-greeter[4356]: GLib-GObject-CRITICAL: g_object_class_install_property: assertion `G_IS_PARAM_SPEC (pspec)' failed
    May  7 19:04:39 zeus gdm-simple-greeter[4356]: WARNING: Unable to parse history: (null)   1#012
    May  7 19:09:22 zeus gdm-simple-greeter[4356]: CRITICAL: gdm_option_widget_set_default_item: assertion `item == NULL || gdm_option_widget_lookup_item (widget, item, NULL, NULL, NULL)' failed
    Whatever that means.

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    and, can you do the following in a terminal and copy/paste it back to
    here:

    Code:
    zypper lr -d
    Code:
    #  | Alias                                                        | Name                                                         | Aktiviert | Aktualisieren | Prioritt | Typ    | URI                                                                              | Dienst
    ---+--------------------------------------------------------------+--------------------------------------------------------------+-----------+---------------+-----------+--------+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------+-------
    1  | ATI                                                          | ATI                                                          | Nein      | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://www2.ati.com/suse/11.2/                                                   |       
    2  | ATI Repository                                               | ATI Repository                                               | Nein      | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://www2.ati.com/suse/11.2                                                    |       
    3  | Banshee_1                                                    | Banshee                                                      | Ja        | Ja            |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Banshee/openSUSE_11.2/                 |       
    4  | GNOME:Backports:2.30                                         | GNOME:Backports:2.30                                         | Ja        | Ja            |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/GNOME:/Backports:/2.30/openSUSE_11.2/  |       
    5  | GNOME:Factory                                                | GNOME:Factory                                                | Ja        | Ja            |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/GNOME:/Factory/openSUSE_11.2/          |       
    6  | Main Update Repository                                       | Main Update Repository                                       | Ja        | Ja            |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.2/                                        |       
    7  | Packman                                                      | Packman                                                      | Ja        | Ja            |   99      | rpm-md | ftp://ftp.uni-erlangen.de/pub/mirrors/packman/suse/11.2/                         |       
    8  | Packman Repository                                           | Packman Repository                                           | Nein      | Nein          |   99      | rpm-md | http://packman.mirrors.skynet.be/pub/packman/suse/11.2                           |       
    9  | home:anyremote                                               | home:anyremote                                               | Ja        | Ja            |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/anyremote/openSUSE_11.1/         |       
    10 | home:malcolmlewis:Gtk                                        | home:malcolmlewis:Gtk                                        | Ja        | Ja            |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/malcolmlewis:/Gtk/openSUSE_11.2/ |       
    11 | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/suse | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/suse | Ja        | Ja            |   99      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/suse                     |       
    12 | openSUSE 11.2-0                                              | openSUSE 11.2-0                                              | Nein      | Nein          |   99      | yast2  | cd:///                                                                           |       
    13 | openSUSE_Factory                                             | openSUSE Factory                                             | Ja        | Ja            |   98      | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Base:/System/openSUSE_Factory/         |
    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    and, last: have you googled to see if you are the only person with
    such a problem?
    I did that and tried all sorts of hints or solutions; I posted on several forums and in d.c.o.u.apps.gnome. The only advice was to empty /tmp which didn't help.

    Thanks for reading all this :-)

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    Default Re: System start e x tr e m e l y slow due to gconfd-2

    Boot to a terminal (press 4 then the boot option) log in as yourself. then run top. Are things slow? Is there a process eating CPU?

    DeverD was suggesting you download the CD Gnome install version of Suse. Not get something from gnome.org


    We need to determine if the problem is prior to or after the GUI is loaded. If it is the GUI something could be messed up in the gnome user config files.

    If prior we need to see if there is a zombie process or some other problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    Boot to a terminal (press 4 then the boot option) log in as yourself. then run top. Are things slow? Is there a process eating CPU?

    DeverD was suggesting you download the CD Gnome install version of Suse. Not get something from gnome.org


    We need to determine if the problem is prior to or after the GUI is loaded. If it is the GUI something could be messed up in the gnome user config files.

    If prior we need to see if there is a zombie process or some other problem
    Ah, ok... I booted the Life CD. It runs as fast as you would explect from a CD system.
    Starting the terminal is super fast. top says:
    Code:
    top - 15:50:10 up 0 min,  1 user,  load average: 1.09, 0.31, 0.10
    Tasks:  58 total,   1 running,  57 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
    Cpu(s):  0.0%us,  1.0%sy,  0.0%ni,  0.0%id, 97.0%wa,  0.3%hi,  1.7%si,  0.0%st
    Mem:   1408632k total,   757624k used,   651008k free,     8092k buffers
    Swap:  2104504k total,        0k used,  2104504k free,   703204k cached
    
      PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND                                                        
      337 root      20   0 14636  984  296 S  0.7  0.1   0:00.31 preload                                                        
     1207 stephan   20   0 16820 1232  948 R  0.3  0.1   0:00.01 top                                                            
        1 root      20   0  8072  748  632 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.49 init                                                           
        2 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kthreadd                                                       
        3 root      RT  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 migration/0                                                    
        4 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 ksoftirqd/0                                                    
        5 root      RT  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 watchdog/0                                                     
        6 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.01 events/0                                                       
        7 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 khelper                                                        
        8 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 netns                                                          
        9 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 async/mgr                                                      
       10 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kintegrityd/0                                                  
       11 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.01 kblockd/0                                                      
       12 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kacpid                                                         
       13 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kacpi_notify                                                   
       14 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kacpi_hotplug                                                  
       15 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 ata/0                                                          
       16 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 ata_aux                                                        
       17 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 ksuspend_usbd                                                  
       18 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 khubd                                                          
       19 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kseriod                                                        
       20 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kondemand/0                                                    
       21 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 khungtaskd                                                     
       22 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 pdflush                                                        
       23 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 pdflush                                                        
       24 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kswapd0                                                        
       25 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 aio/0                                                          
       33 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kpsmoused                                                      
       34 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 usbhid_resumer                                                 
       63 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 scsi_eh_0                                                      
       64 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 scsi_eh_1                                                      
      258 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kjournald                                                      
      319 root      20   0 22424  796  564 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.02 stapio                                                         
      330 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 systemtap/0                                                    
      342 root      20   0  3704  416  336 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 startpar                                                       
      355 root      16  -4 16976 1104  424 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.02 udevd                                                          
      423 root      18  -2 16856  912  348 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.00 udevd                                                          
      424 root      18  -2 16856  924  360 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.00 udevd                                                          
      490 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 edac-poller                                                    
      492 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 tifm                                                           
      493 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kmmcd                                                          
      494 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 khpsbpkt                                                       
      495 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 bluetooth                                                      
      565 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 pccardd                                                        
      587 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 knodemgrd_0                                                    
      606 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 phy0                                                           
      693 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kstriped                                                       
      731 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kjournald                                                      
      735 root      20   0 10072  956  456 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.00 mount.ntfs-3g                                                  
      738 root      20   0 10072 1020  524 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.00 mount.ntfs-3g                                                  
     1165 root      20   0 72452 2180 1556 S  0.0  0.2   0:00.05 login                                                          
     1167 root      20   0 12528  884  728 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.02 mingetty                                                       
     1169 root      20   0 12528  884  728 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.02 mingetty                                                       
     1171 root      20   0 12528  880  728 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.02 mingetty                                                       
     1172 root      20   0 12528  884  728 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.02 mingetty                                                       
     1174 root      20   0 12528  880  728 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.02 mingetty                                                       
     1177 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kauditd                                                        
     1178 stephan   20   0 23600 2680 1704 S  0.0  0.2   0:00.06 bash
    Hope that helps.

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