• LB_ (disco)

    Whoa. At least it wasn't something like millions of empty files.

  • Tsaukpaetra (disco) in reply to LB_

    Or a panicky out-of-control monitoring service writing to the log every 100ms that it couldn't find a disk....


    Filed under: True Story

  • Fox (disco) in reply to Tsaukpaetra
  • DCRoss (disco)

    Is it possible that nVidia got so wasted last night that it installed a lifetime supply of pudding on the hard drive and then totally forgot about it?

  • lcrawford (disco)

    Why didn't he just reboot?

  • PWolff (disco) in reply to lcrawford

    Because any decent system (service, app, ...) will clean up temporary files on its own, even if not restarted / having received a SIGHUP.

    Oh wait, "Explorer window"? "Registry"? "NVidia service"? Must be Windows. Then not rebooting every few hours is TRWTF indeed.

  • Quite (disco) in reply to PWolff

    TRWTF is that a 512kB file is classified as "small".

  • dkf (disco) in reply to PWolff
    PWolff:
    Then not rebooting every few hours is TRWTF indeed.

    Well, I learned from this article that the video drivers aren't causing a full system reboot with that frequency…

  • abarker (disco) in reply to Quite
    Quite:
    TRWTF is that a 512kB file is classified as "small".

    In a day when 500 MGB drives are normal and 1+ TB drives are common, I'd say that a 512KB file is pretty small.

  • dkf (disco) in reply to abarker
    abarker:
    In a day when 500 MB drives are normal

    ITYM “500 GB”…

  • anonymous234 (disco)

    taking up 420 gigabytes in size

    420 BLAZE IT LOL :weed: :weed: [10]

  • RaceProUK (disco)

    *makes a note to uninstall the NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver from her system later*

  • abarker (disco) in reply to dkf
    dkf:
    abarker:
    In a day when 500 MB drives are normal

    ITYM “500 GB”…

    Indeed. Still waking up.

  • dkf (disco) in reply to abarker

    The silly thing is I can remember upgrading to 500MB, which felt huge at the time. I had no idea how to fill up a drive of such great capacity…

  • loose (disco)

    My incarnation of Windows 8.1 has a neat trick. I have one 1TB spindle drive - Drive C: which is currently 2 logical drives (F: being the second one), and a "dedicated" memory card reader - Drive G: When I look at the headline figures for disk performance, it is never worse than 50%. When you look more closely the C: Drive is having seven types of shit hammered out of (or into) it at 100%+ and the G: Drive is doing sweet FA

    INB4: 1) the "+" is the increasing length of the queue INB4: 2) Now that I have told SearchIndexer that it's services are not required for 90% of my files, most of the hammering is a result of my AV and Windows getting its act together at startup. And, for some reason, Chrome: whenever.

    For the Pedants:

    D: is the memory card reader on my USB printer which comes and goes accordingly E: is the DVD RW

  • Shoreline (disco)
    Usually those small 512KB files

    Half-a-fucking-megabyte is not a small file.

  • RaceProUK (disco) in reply to Shoreline

    On a typical drive with at least 1,000,000,000KB, yes, it is.

  • DogsB (disco) in reply to RaceProUK
    RaceProUK:
    On a typical drive with at least 1,000,000,000KB, yes, it is.
    Have fun debugging a class that size. Come back and tell us how you got on!
  • Hans_Mueller (disco)

    Reminds me a bit of our fax server at work. Something's really amiss there, it creates temp folders, but never deletes them. That way I learned that on ext3 you can create "only" 31,998 subfolders in any directory... because the monthly stat report failed to be generated.

    We didn't find any solution to this problem (nor did we find out, WHY so many temp folders are generated), so right now the only workaround is to simply delete the temp folders that are older than a few days.

  • loose (disco)

    Hey Guys! Is this an example of one of the WTDTWF unofficial, undocumented games where an elite group of peopleeverybody knows that the TRWTF is the typo and are waiting for a loserwinner to emerge as the first individual to get all pedantic about clustersizes etc?

  • aliceif (disco)

    Honestly, this was a little disappointing.

    I was hoping for an epic hardware WTF.

  • PJH (disco) in reply to dkf
    dkf:
    abarker:
    In a day when 500 MB drives are normal

    ITYM “500 GB”…

    Getting the units for memory and drive capacity confused probably....

  • dcon (disco) in reply to Hans_Mueller
    Hans_Mueller:
    We didn't find any solution to this problem (nor did we find out, WHY so many temp folders are generated), so right now the only workaround is to simply delete the temp folders that are older than a few days.

    I finally just wrote a dumb* program I run on login that scans TEMP for old files and deletes them. Think I picked 30 days... Adobe Reader (once upon a time) would die because it's temp dir got too full - I think that was when I wrote it)

    (*) dumb, because I was too lazy to write a service.

  • cellocgw (disco) in reply to dcon

    Kinda like Ubuntu still does with their boot sub-driveafter a few dozen updates. No warning until an update fails, then go look and clean out all the cruft on the boot drive.

  • ChrisH (disco)

    I put my TEMP on a RAM disk. Reboot, poof, temp files gone.

  • Dragnslcr (disco) in reply to cellocgw
    cellocgw:
    Kinda like Ubuntu **still** does with their boot sub-driveafter a few dozen updates.

    That's because Ubuntu doesn't remove old kernels when it installs a new one. I imagine it's because it would be bad to remove an older kernel that the user was relying on for some reason.

    cellocgw:
    No warning until an update fails, then go look and clean out all the cruft on the boot drive.

    apt-get autoremove. Not exactly a difficult process.

  • cellocgw (disco) in reply to Dragnslcr

    if it's not that difficult then it should be built-in. How should I as a user know which of the 35 files with similar-looking incomprehensible names are safe to delete?

  • PleegWat (disco) in reply to PJH
    PJH:
    dkf:
    abarker:
    In a day when 500 MB drives are normal

    ITYM “500 GB”…

    Getting the units for memory and drive capacity confused probably....

    I do not think 500MB of RAM is normal nowadays.

  • sloosecannon (disco) in reply to cellocgw
    [image]

    You don't need to. That's why autoremove exists.

    Why doesn't it do it automatically? Because you might want to keep them around, and it's a destructive action, and software should never do destructive actions without the user's consent.

  • Dragnslcr (disco) in reply to sloosecannon

    Just to add, since the screenshot doesn't show old kernels - if I remember correctly from the last time I did it, autoremove removes kernel packages other than the currently-running kernel and the next oldest kernel (so that you have one older kernel in case the current one breaks).

  • sloosecannon (disco) in reply to Dragnslcr

    I believe that is correct, yeah.

  • boomzilla (disco) in reply to cellocgw
    cellocgw:
    How should I as a user know which of the 35 files with similar-looking incomprehensible names are safe to delete?

    As mentioned, if you don't know, then it doesn't matter and the system will do the right thing. If you have a particular reason to keep stuff around, then don't do that.

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  • PleegWat (disco)

    Note, at least ubuntu actually will run apt-get autoremove automatically as part of the distribution upgrade process.

  • tenshino (disco) in reply to dkf

    I still remember upgrading my Pentium 90mhz with 64 megs of RAM. My buddy was like "what on earth are you going to do with 64 megs of RAM?"

    "Launch Netscape faster, of course." ;)

  • CoyneTheDup (disco)

    This gives a whole new meaning to the term bloatware.

  • Tsaukpaetra (disco) in reply to tenshino
    tenshino:
    my Pentium 90mhz with 64 megs of RAM

    I got Windows XP to run on a machine with similar specs. Fun project.

  • tenshino (disco) in reply to Tsaukpaetra
    Tsaukpaetra:
    I got Windows XP to run on a machine with similar specs. Fun project.

    That must have been interesting. How long did that take to boot up?

    My machine was running Win '95/98 back then. lol

  • Tsaukpaetra (disco) in reply to tenshino
    tenshino:
    How long did that take to boot up?

    IIRC about three minutes to desktop. Almost no services were enabled (including Windows Theme Engine or whatever), but it could ping the internets!

  • Weng (disco) in reply to Tsaukpaetra

    3 minutes to desktop beats the tar out of my WtfCorp laptop.

  • accalia (disco) in reply to Weng
    Weng:
    3 minutes to desktop beats the tar out of my WtfCorp laptop.

    beats my current work laptop. it seems to be in full "i hate monday" mode right now. i havent seen the disk queue length go below 20 all day.

    it's reasonably snappy if you're already loaded into RAM, but if you need to go to the disk? FUGGEDABOUDIT

  • Tsaukpaetra (disco) in reply to Weng
    Weng:
    3 minutes to desktop beats the tar out of my WtfCorp laptop.

    To be fair, your laptop probably has software. This build had..... Notepad? Command Prompt?

  • dcon (disco) in reply to accalia
    accalia:
    it's reasonably snappy if you're already loaded into RAM, but if you need to go to the disk?

    Bitlocker (or similar)? Or a backup is running. (damn it! Again!)

  • accalia (disco) in reply to dcon
    dcon:
    Bitlocker (or similar)?
    no such system in place.
    dcon:
    Or a backup is running.
    AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    our policy for our developers laptops is "blast and repave" if we have issues.

  • Zemm (disco) in reply to PleegWat
    PleegWat:
    500MB of RAM is normal

    For a low-to-midrange phone it is!

    My laptop from 2005 has 512MB RAM that I never got around to upgrading. It still works, at least while plugged in, in fact it's my only machine with a parallel port that I needed to use the other day. It runs Ubuntu 8.04!

  • Tsaukpaetra (disco) in reply to Zemm
    Zemm:
    It runs Ubuntu 8.04!

    Windows 7 Ultimate on mine! Would have upgraded to 10 for kicks and giggles, but the x86 processor on it doesn't support PAE or No-Execute. :sadface:

  • herby (disco)

    A windows machine that hasn't been rebooted in HOW LONG? I really don't believe that can happen. I mean don't you need to boot windows about every other hour, or at least once a day?

    Me? I use Fedora 21 on this machine, soon to be updated.

  • Tsaukpaetra (disco) in reply to herby
    herby:
    A windows machine that hasn't been rebooted in HOW LONG?

    Well, I had one that was going on 40 days, but then they decided to unplug it to move it to another desk, and I had to start up my noise generator all over again...

  • Maciejasjmj (disco) in reply to herby
    herby:
    I mean don't you need to boot windows about every other hour, or at least once a day?

    You Linux folks are like North Korean refugees coming to America. "But I thought you were a desolated wasteland ruled over by lizard people, where common folk was forced into slave labor to live for another day?"

  • spadgas (disco) in reply to ChrisH

    I used to do that. Until some bstrd installer put all its files in temp and rebooted the PC and splat...

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