Linux box finds it hard to wake up in the morning

Peter Hunter (
29 Oct 1996 09:06:48 GMT

I've heard of dogs being like their owners, but Linux boxen?

My users complain that telneting in first thing in the morning takes a very
long time (order of minutes). This morning, I actually saw it for myself.

Telnet was sat saying "Connected to fido.bfriars" but didn't get to the
login for a LONG time. When it did, after logging in, typing 'pine' also
made the machine sit for a long time. I killed pine, typed w - no-one else
logged onto the box. Load very low. (Maybe 0.02 or something) Tried free -
memory OK. Tried ps aux - nothing odd. Tried pine again - same symptoms -
justs sits. So then I tried strace pine - it did stick at a particular
system call, but this time only for a second, and I couldn't read which one
before the screen was cleared by pine. Now the computer is as responsive as
ever. Absolutely no problems.... mmmmmm

There's nothing in the logs. I really do not know what happened. I am using
2.0.22. I don't know if 2.0.23 will fix my problem - have compiled it, but
not rebooted.

I have a Pentium, EIDE hard disk, Intel EtherExpress PRO/10 ethernet card.

Can anyone see what might be causing this?

Yours in hope,