I'm trying to figure out if there's anything to troubleshoot with what
seems to be slowness, or if the performance I'm getting is normal for
an older machine. I have a 33mhz 486, I'm running debian 2, linux
2.0.36. An example of what seems slow: using "select" menu choice in
dselect takes 180 seconds to show the menu. Some timings of simpler
things are below.
I've read about processor cache causing problems; my boottime setup
interface says External Cache is "present" and Internal Cache is
enabled. At boot time, I get a message right after the self-test:
"64K Cache," I don't know what cache that's referring to.
So: 1. are the times below out of line for an older machine like
mine, and 2. if so, are there troubleshooting FAQs beyond the
material in FAQ "The system slows to a crawl when I add memory."
(which I can pursue if I can find my MB manual, sigh).
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 18080 15948 2132 7420 1124 8920
-/+ buffers/cache: 5904 12176
Swap: 37916 4932 32984
% time man bash >/dev/null
% time lynx -dump http://localhost > /dev/null
#using the comes-with-apache page here
% time perl -e 'use CGI;'
% time perl -e ';'