Subject: Re: X server freezes when doing cvs up or untarring large files
To: Johnny Billquist <bqt@Update.UU.SE>
From: Geert Hendrickx <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 10/28/2005 12:47:42
On Fri, Oct 28, 2005 at 12:32:29PM +0200, Johnny Billquist wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Oct 2005, Geert Hendrickx wrote:
> > Hi there,
> >
> > I often see my X server completely freeze for 10 seconds or more when
> > doing a cvs up, or untarring a large file.  I notice this problem
> > especially on machines with a lot (1Gb) of RAM.  Is this
> > normal/acceptable, or a known problem, or just a matter of tuning
> > things here?
> Tuning... This has been up before. The default tuning allows too much
> memory be used for disk buffers and disk cache, making applications (such
> as X) suffer.

So what should I do about it?  Some sysctls to mess with?  

And then why do I experience this problem the most on high-memory machines?