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Some suggestions for running Linux (even with kde) with less RAM.




Don't use kde or GNOME.

If You Use kde

Suggestions, IIRC, from Daniel Stone on one of the debian lists:

  • disable klipper
  • chown .ICE-unix (to root.root) -- why this helps, I have no idea, (supposedly cuts down the startup time of kde by 2/3) — actual commands:
    • chown root.root /tmp/.ICE-unix
    • /etc/init.d/kdm restart
Here's a hint, from Matt Sheffield on debian-kde@listsPLEASENOSPAM.debian.org ca. 9 Apr 2003:
That method has improved performance for me. However by default, Debian deletes the contents of the /tmp directory on reboot. Thus, the .ICE-unix and all of the mcop and dcop directories need to be recreated each time you start your machine up from scratch. But once these things have been set up, I've found that KDE will start up quite speedily.

I don't like the slow first startup as I can't leave my system on all the time. I'd like to disable /tmp clearing and clean things up myself. How does one go about this? Which init scrip is it?

And here's a different answer (I think) from Patrick Dreker:

Well, that makes ICE use a faster method of IPC - it uses Unix sockets (virtually free), instead of ... well, the other method it uses. smile

Then Daniel Stone added:

Well, I just edited /etc/init.d/bootmisc.sh and added the following lines, after it clears /tmp:
mkdir /tmp/.ICE-unix
chmod 777 /tmp/.ICE-unix
chown root.root /tmp/.ICE-unix

And then Hendrik Sattler:

More exactly:
mkdir -p -m 1777 /tmp/.ICE-unix

To not fiddle with file that migh get updated, put those commands into /etc/init.d/ICE-unix.sh and link /etc/rcS.d/S56ICE-unix.sh to that. This way, it will never get overwritten by an update.

  • disable kwrited
  • disable kalarmd

More kde tips


  • () RandyKramer - 09 Apr 2003
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