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#1 2009-07-09 13:09:56

cut_copy
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Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

So what's preload?
preload is an adaptive readahead daemon that prefetches files mapped by
applications from the disk to reduce application startup time. (taken from the man page, lazy me..)

Installing:

sudo apt-get install preload

That's it!

preload will run in the background, and collect all its data and perform its magic.

Config file: /etc/preload.conf

http://sourceforge.net/projects/preload/

Last edited by cut_copy (2009-07-09 14:13:57)

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#2 2009-07-11 13:43:56

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Re: Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

But this just makes the applications open faster right?

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#3 2009-07-11 20:28:40

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Re: Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

Thanks for the link smile

As for few minutes of testing it does work Ok - Openoffice opens in ... 2 sec on eeepc (on 600 MHz - eeeasy scripts normal mode - 600 MHz /?/)!

Last edited by klanger (2009-07-11 20:29:09)

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#4 2009-07-12 00:48:55

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Re: Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

k0rfain wrote:

But this just makes the applications open faster right?

Yes, you are absolutely right.. It will not make your boot times faster etc

klanger wrote:

Thanks for the link smile

As for few minutes of testing it does work Ok - Openoffice opens in ... 2 sec on eeepc (on 600 MHz - eeeasy scripts normal mode - 600 MHz /?/)!

That isn't so bad smile

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#5 2009-07-12 03:22:23

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Re: Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

cut_copy wrote:

That isn't so bad smile

it's faster than my macbook C2D cool

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#6 2009-07-12 03:25:29

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Re: Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

This reminds me of Vista, and how it always uses memory by analyzing what the user uses most and keeping the applications startup data in RAM. or something similar to preload. Sadly, the end effect is really just you never having free ram, and applications are slow to open. I don't know what they butchered, but it makes me wary or preload.


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#7 2009-07-12 03:36:13

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Re: Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

blackbinary wrote:

This reminds me of Vista, and how it always uses memory by analyzing what the user uses most and keeping the applications startup data in RAM. or something similar to preload. Sadly, the end effect is really just you never having free ram, and applications are slow to open. I don't know what they butchered, but it makes me wary or preload.

Forturetly in linux we can always sudo apt-get remove preload wink lol

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#8 2009-07-12 06:46:38

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Re: Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

Do we have a reading on how much RAM preload uses?

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#9 2009-07-12 09:01:27

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Re: Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

KiwiWifi wrote:

Do we have a reading on how much RAM preload uses?

with htop, preload uses 0.1% MEM (100% is in my case 1GB).

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#10 2009-07-15 19:01:22

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Re: Small tip: Speed up your system with preload

Preload is using .05% of 4 gigs ram, in my opinion worth it.

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