[debian] unexpected troubles

Neil Jerram neiljerram at googlemail.com
Mon Oct 12 22:22:08 CEST 2009

Hi there...

Is this generally the best place for Debian questions?  Or is
smartphones-userland better?

I've just installed Debian again, and am surprised to be experiencing
some low-level problems.  Hopefully they are easily fixable.

As context, what I'm aiming at is:
- Debian - for the best available package management
- E17 + Illume - for Raster's keyboard, decent launcher and easy
switching between windows
- John Sullivan's fso-el - for performing phone functions from within Emacs.

I've installed e17, and the UI comes up as expected.  I set an overall
scaling factor of 2, to make everything easier to read and press.

The problems I'm seeing now are:

- Load average unreasonably high.  Right now, for example, my top says
"load average: 8.11, 8.13, 8.09".  Yet CPU usage is only reaching
around 6%.

- Emacs never appears, yet can't be killed.  E.g. I clicked on the
launcher icon for Emacs about an hour ago, and nothing has appeared
yet.  "ps waux" shows that there is an emacs process:

root  1579  0.0   3.2   25700  3952 ?       DNs  17:44   0:00 /usr/bin/emacs23

But "kill 1579" and "kill -9 1579" seem to have no effect on this.

- Battery not apparently charging.  I'm using the USB lead from
another Linux computer, which successfully charges OM2009/Paroli and
SHR.  But with Debian there is no + on the battery icon, and no orange
(or blue) light behind the power button.

- ssh (via USB) not working.  The desktop end looks fine:

neil at arudy:~$ netstat -rn
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags   MSS Window  irtt Iface   U         0 0          0 eth1   U         0 0          0 eth0         UG        0 0          0 eth0


neil at arudy:~$ ssh -l root
ssh: connect to host port 22: No route to host

- "shutdown -h now" doesn't work, and so I have no way of shutting
down cleanly.  I get a message saying that the system is going down,
but then nothing else happens.

Can anyone see the cause(s) of these problems and suggest how to fix them?


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