How long do you leave your system running?

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How long do you leave your system running?

Postby llivv » 2007-07-06 13:52

I've been running Live systems for a month or so, learning how to reconfigure the defaults to better suit my needs . So, I usually run out of RAM and SWAP at about the second week.

So, far I haven't been able to reduce the amount of memory used by the system at initial startup, but I hope to stumble upon the secret one of these sessions :D

edit to the first line: I"ve been running LiveCD and LiveUSB systems for a month or so :wink:
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Postby Lavene » 2007-07-06 14:08

You run out of RAM on a regular basis? And swap too? That shouldn't happen... My file/ printer server is 'never' turned off and it keeps on ticking. Of course it does not run any heavy software but I never need to reboot it to reclaim memory.

You should really investigate the problem. Could be an unknown memory leak or something in an application that should be reported.

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Postby trey » 2007-07-06 14:49

24/7 only rebooting for kernel upgrades ;-)
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Postby 987687 » 2007-07-06 14:58

My server has been up for 6 months. and the only reason I rebooted it was because my house is run all on solar, we had to shut the system off for a minute to replace a bad battery cell. And my UPS for some reason doesn't work, it only ran the computer for about 5 seconds, grrrrr
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Postby ghostdawg » 2007-07-06 14:58

trey wrote:24/7 only rebooting for kernel upgrades ;-)

Ditto...
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Postby drl » 2007-07-06 14:58

Hi, llivv.

When you say "Live" systems, do you mean from CD? ... cheers, drl
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Postby perlhacker14 » 2007-07-06 15:29

At university: my laptop gets hibernated when not in use;
At home: my ancient desktop is always turned off at night, as my mother is paranoid about fires and overheating.
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Postby llivv » 2007-07-06 15:44

Lavene wrote:You run out of RAM on a regular basis? And swap too?
I wish I could just keep installing new packages and removing old ones and never run out of memory and swap.

With 1GB of ddr (oof which the LiveCD sytem uses about 900MB's of) and a "512M swap partition ( that the Debian Lenny LiveCD system uses as well)".

With my curiosity, it takes about 2 weeks to use it all up (give or take a few days).

It's also similar when using my USB Live system. But my LiveUSB system is just a base Lenny Live system, booted from a 128MB usb key.
I than install X onto the Live system. Than I start adding and removing other stuff. :D
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Postby Lavene » 2007-07-06 17:42

Oh... you literally run out of memory because of increased demand... heh, that's something else entirely :lol:
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Postby mzilikazi » 2007-07-06 19:12

I never turn my boxes off. A reboot is only necessary for a kernel upgrade. The last production server that I was in charge of had an uptime of over 400 days. That was cut short only becasue we had to physically move the server.

Now had you said "How often do you shut down your Windows boxes?" the answer would have been much different. XP can only manage to stay up and running for 2 or 3 days before it gets too sluggish to be usable. You might think I was overloading the OS but I think that Firefox, Outlook, HEAT and a file manager is not too much to ask from an OS but apparently IT IS! This box is a 1.8GHz w/ 512M RAM. If this same box were running Debian not only would it run for years without reboot you could run many more applications at once w/ no noticible slowdown at all. As you may have surmised this XP box is the one I'm chained to @ work. :/
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Postby 987687 » 2007-07-06 19:23

the place that hosts one of my websites (http://www.iceblinksail.com) has been up for 613 days and is running 2.6.14 on a x86_64.
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Postby kinematic » 2007-07-06 21:34

my girlfriends and i all have fulltime day jobs so it's always off during the day,it's a complete waist of energy to leave it on.
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Postby 987687 » 2007-07-06 21:51

My house has only solar power, so in the summer there is more power than I can use, therefor there is no reason to shut my computer off. But in the winter all I leave running is my server and everything else is shut off.
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Postby Bro.Tiag » 2007-07-06 21:53

Well I have two that stay on 24/7 but rarely on the same operating system. My record uptime was 297 days, when an electrical storm brought the power down.

Now regarding a LiveCD, I have a version of Klik-It Linux that has been running on Herself's laptop for over a month.
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user@user:~$uptime  16:50:13 up 48 days, 25 min, 7 users, load average: 0.19, 0.09, 0.05


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Postby Noven » 2007-07-06 23:45

I dont turn my computers off unless I need to reboot for kernel upgrade.
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