[debian] preferred working kernel at the moment?

Timo Juhani Lindfors timo.lindfors at iki.fi
Tue Mar 31 10:27:43 CEST 2009

Fox Mulder <Quakeman1 at gmx.net> writes:
> I added a script in /etc/apm/scripts which logs the current before and
> after resume. With kernel andy-tracking 1e257a0e99817a33 it shows 126mA

That's indeed quite a lot. I am not sure if reading current_now
immediately after resume is race-free so you might want to collect
logs for a few days.

> And which other case do you mean with "both" cases?

I meant the working and non-working kernels.

>> Which X server are you running?
> I use xserver-xglamo because only with this xrandr is working.

It also works with Xorg and the xf86-video-glamo driver (not yet

>>> Another problem is that the memory consumption on debian is much higher
>>> and the system responsiveness is much slower than before. But this could
>>> also be a problem of other system components which are updated on a
>>> regular basis.
>> ps -eorss,cmd | sort -n?

Well, this reveals that xfce is using a lot of memory:

>  6524 /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/frameworkd
>  7384 /usr/bin/xfce4-session
> 13160 /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/openmoko-panel-plugin
> 13980 xfwm4 --sm-client-id 117f000001000123366116000000014070000 --display :0.0
> 15076 /usr/lib/xfce4/panel-plugins/xfce4-menu-plugin socket_id 18874410 name xfce4-menu id 5 display_name Xfce-Menü size 36 screen_position 11
> 15212 xfce4-panel --sm-client-id 117f000001000123366116200000014070001 --display :0.0
> 15332 /usr/lib/xfce4/panel-plugins/xfce4-mixer-plugin socket_id 18874423 name xfce4-mixer id 12223404700 display_name Lautstärkenregler size 36 screen_position 11
> 16768 xfdesktop --sm-client-id 117f000001000123366118000000014070003 --display :0.0
> 22068 /usr/lib/notification-daemon-xfce/notification-daemon-xfce

> But "iwlist eth0 scan" shows my wlan access-point and after "ifup eth0"
> (with no dhcp answer) the command "iwconfig eth0" shows that i should be
> connected to my AP. Interesting is that iwconfig shows link quality
> 0/94, signal level -95dBm and noise level 0dBm. But when i do a "iwlist
> eth0 scan" it shows link quality 24/94, signal level -69dBm and noise
> level -95dBm for my wlan. These differences in signal quality looks
> quite strange to me.

That sounds like a kernel bug you should report to
http://bugs.openmoko.org/ if it broke in some specific version it
should be possible to find by binary search.

> Another mysterious thing is that the wlan connection seems to be
> oscillating. When i look at the wlan status page of my AP (dd-wrt linux)
> i can see that the wlan client (my fr) is connected for a few seconds
> and than disappears in the client list. After a few seconds it appears
> and then disappears again and this repeats after a few seconds all the
> time i have wlan activated on my fr. I don't think that the problem is
> my AP because i got another pc connected to it with a stable connection
> and dhcp working.

I've heard about such issues with the wlan firmware indeed. You might
want to read Werner's analysis on this at


best regards,
Timo Lindfors

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