Does Text-Only Nostalgia Pay Off?
By seapegasus on Sep 19, 2005
Can anybody please come up with an explanation for this phenomenom? (other that coincidence, paranoia or selective perception, please. ;-) It is quite reproducible) It's freaking me out.
In Linux, I keep a sticky
xload open to monitor my CPU load. Sometimes, an over-eager application takes up all the memory, causing everything to slow down to a halt, until the app crashes and Linux returns to normal behaviour. (Positive Thinking: At least all other apps and the OS remain stable...) Well, everytime this happens, I immediately see the value rising steeply in xload. I sigh and watch the GUI growing less and less responsive while the load habitually goes up to 20... 30 over a minute or two, until Linux finally realises it's hopeless and kills the amok running app.
Sometimes in this situation I switch over to the text terminal with ctrl-alt-F1. Even with a high load, it feels much more responsive since it does not have to bother about drawing a GUI. I run
top to watch what's happening -- and never do I see the load rising.
What's going on here? When I stay in the GUI, Linux is pissed and the load rises like phoenix with his rump on fire -- when I switch to the text terminal, Linux suuuddenly feels flattered by nostalgia and condescents to kill the swapping app immediately, causing the load to drop? Is this a feature?