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    Speed issues?

    I'm running into speed issues with my setup. If I try to navigate Artists or Albums with either of my Squeezeboxes, it can take several minutes to view a list of items. I have a Miscellaneous directory containing just under 500 files which can take upwards of 5 minutes to view when navigating through Music Folder from a Squeezebox.

    Where can I start to look to get things to speed up?

    My system has 512MB of memory and Dual P3 800MHz CPUs. My library has 29,073 Total Tracks.

    In general, my CPUs are less than 5% busy. When navigating with the Squeezebox or the Web Interface that spikes up to 75%-80%.

    Other information from the web interface:

    Squeezebox Server Version: 7.4.2 - r30215 @ Fri Feb 19 16:22:31 MST 2010
    Operating system: Red Hat - EN - utf8
    Platform Architecture: i686-linux
    Perl Version: 5.8.8 - i386-linux-thread-multi
    MySQL Version: 5.0.77

    Is there a minimum system requirements somewhere that I missed?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.
    Chris

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    Yes there are system minimums. Depending on system, the windows minimum says 256MB of RAM and a CPU of 733MHz Pentium or greater. Linux can probably get away with less, but the key here is his minimum is not a guarantee of the level of performance, just that it will work. For a library of your size I would prefer a P4 or new Atom MB with at least 1GB of RAM. The thing that you are trying to do is CPU intense. Also how is the hard drive, is it completely full? Does it have at least 15% actual free space left on it?

    Many things affect SBS performance from number of active plugins, transcoding, amount of available server horsepower. The larger the library, the more SBS Server one needs to keep things up to what one is used to.
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    Has the performance degraded, or has it always been like this? If it has degraded, then you can probably fix it.

    The place to start would probably be to clear the contents of the cache folder and start again. Stop the server first, clear the cache, then restart the server. Squeezebox Server should rescan your library on startup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cskaryd View Post
    I'm running into speed issues with my setup. If I try to navigate Artists or Albums with either of my Squeezeboxes, it can take several minutes to view a list of items. I have a Miscellaneous directory containing just under 500 files which can take upwards of 5 minutes to view when navigating through Music Folder from a Squeezebox.

    Where can I start to look to get things to speed up?

    My system has 512MB of memory and Dual P3 800MHz CPUs. My library has 29,073 Total Tracks.

    In general, my CPUs are less than 5% busy. When navigating with the Squeezebox or the Web Interface that spikes up to 75%-80%.

    Other information from the web interface:

    Squeezebox Server Version: 7.4.2 - r30215 @ Fri Feb 19 16:22:31 MST 2010
    Operating system: Red Hat - EN - utf8
    Platform Architecture: i686-linux
    Perl Version: 5.8.8 - i386-linux-thread-multi
    MySQL Version: 5.0.77

    Is there a minimum system requirements somewhere that I missed?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.
    Chris
    If you have done a "clear and rescan" there usually isn't a reason to use "Music Folder."

    Please try using either the "Artist" or "Album" interface options and type back what your response is like.

    It sounds like you have enough hardware with that OS but it could also depend on what other services you are running at the same time.

    Try posting the results of (after opening a terminal)

    service all status


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    Thanks everyone. I have done a clear and rescan. That doesn't seem to help. I've actually completely removed and reinstalled Squeezebox Server. Same problem. I do not have a least 15% free space on the drive(s). It's a 309G LVM with only about 10G free. So 97% in use.

    Clicking Music Library then Artists causes the CPU to peg at 100% for about 45 seconds. (Library has 2,586 Artists.)

    Performance degraded several months ago when I upgraded to a 6.x version and again to the 7.x version. (I've been slacking on figuring out what's going on.) I had previously been running a VERY old version of Slimserver. That version ran pretty well with more or less the same number of files. Unfortunately, I do not recall the version number. I believe it used a simpler database engine than MySQL. (SQLite? I can't recall the name.)

    I've been using the Music Folder as an alternate as it is 5x quicker than Artists or Albums.

    I don't believe there is much transcoding going on. My entire library is mp3s and aac/m4a files. (95% of which are mp3s.)

    The server doesn't do much. It's a firewall and file share mostly.

    service --all-status reports:

    acpid (pid 2439) is running...
    anacron is stopped
    atd (pid 2635) is running...
    auditd is stopped
    automount (pid 2416) is running...
    conmand is stopped
    cpuspeed is stopped
    crond (pid 2582) is running...
    cupsd is stopped
    dhcpd (pid 2477) is running...
    Checking fuse filesystem not available.
    gpm (pid 2567) is running...
    hald (pid 2661) is running...
    httpd is stopped
    ibmsphalt is stopped
    irqbalance (pid 2111) is running...
    Checking jexec statuskrb524d is stopped
    mdmpd is stopped
    dbus-daemon (pid 2321) is running...
    multipathd is stopped
    mysqld (pid 2597) is running...
    netconsole module not loaded
    netplugd is stopped
    Configured devices:
    lo eth1 eth2
    Currently active devices:
    lo eth2 eth1
    NetworkManager is stopped
    NetworkManagerDispatcher is stopped
    rpc.mountd is stopped
    nfsd is stopped
    rpc.rquotad is stopped
    rpc.statd (pid 2171) is running...
    nscd is stopped
    ntpd (pid 29084) is running...
    oddjobd is stopped
    pcscd (pid 2381) is running...
    portmap (pid 2146) is running...
    postmaster is stopped
    Process accounting is disabled.
    rdisc is stopped
    rpc.idmapd (pid 2216) is running...
    saslauthd is stopped
    sendmail (pid 2516 2506) is running...
    smartd (pid 2721) is running...
    smbd (pid 13534 2665 2598) is running...
    nmbd (pid 2602) is running...
    squeezeboxserver (pid 2552) is running...
    sshd (pid 29303 29296 2459) is running...
    syslogd (pid 2092) is running...
    klogd (pid 2095) is running...
    winbindd is stopped
    wpa_supplicant is stopped
    ypbind is stopped
    yum-updatesd is stopped

    Thanks again for the quick responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cskaryd View Post
    Thanks everyone. I have done a clear and rescan. That doesn't seem to help. I've actually completely removed and reinstalled Squeezebox Server. Same problem. I do not have a least 15% free space on the drive(s). It's a 309G LVM with only about 10G free. So 97% in use.

    Clicking Music Library then Artists causes the CPU to peg at 100% for about 45 seconds. (Library has 2,586 Artists.)

    Performance degraded several months ago when I upgraded to a 6.x version and again to the 7.x version. (I've been slacking on figuring out what's going on.) I had previously been running a VERY old version of Slimserver. That version ran pretty well with more or less the same number of files. Unfortunately, I do not recall the version number. I believe it used a simpler database engine than MySQL. (SQLite? I can't recall the name.)

    I've been using the Music Folder as an alternate as it is 5x quicker than Artists or Albums.

    I don't believe there is much transcoding going on. My entire library is mp3s and aac/m4a files. (95% of which are mp3s.)

    The server doesn't do much. It's a firewall and file share mostly.

    service --all-status reports:

    acpid (pid 2439) is running...
    anacron is stopped
    atd (pid 2635) is running...
    auditd is stopped
    automount (pid 2416) is running...
    conmand is stopped
    cpuspeed is stopped
    crond (pid 2582) is running...
    cupsd is stopped
    dhcpd (pid 2477) is running...
    Checking fuse filesystem not available.
    gpm (pid 2567) is running...
    hald (pid 2661) is running...
    httpd is stopped
    ibmsphalt is stopped
    irqbalance (pid 2111) is running...
    Checking jexec statuskrb524d is stopped
    mdmpd is stopped
    dbus-daemon (pid 2321) is running...
    multipathd is stopped
    mysqld (pid 2597) is running...
    netconsole module not loaded
    netplugd is stopped
    Configured devices:
    lo eth1 eth2
    Currently active devices:
    lo eth2 eth1
    NetworkManager is stopped
    NetworkManagerDispatcher is stopped
    rpc.mountd is stopped
    nfsd is stopped
    rpc.rquotad is stopped
    rpc.statd (pid 2171) is running...
    nscd is stopped
    ntpd (pid 29084) is running...
    oddjobd is stopped
    pcscd (pid 2381) is running...
    portmap (pid 2146) is running...
    postmaster is stopped
    Process accounting is disabled.
    rdisc is stopped
    rpc.idmapd (pid 2216) is running...
    saslauthd is stopped
    sendmail (pid 2516 2506) is running...
    smartd (pid 2721) is running...
    smbd (pid 13534 2665 2598) is running...
    nmbd (pid 2602) is running...
    squeezeboxserver (pid 2552) is running...
    sshd (pid 29303 29296 2459) is running...
    syslogd (pid 2092) is running...
    klogd (pid 2095) is running...
    winbindd is stopped
    wpa_supplicant is stopped
    ypbind is stopped
    yum-updatesd is stopped

    Thanks again for the quick responses.
    OK:

    My Music/artists

    So far as I know if you see "new music" and then "artists" is a result of folder naming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pski View Post
    My Music/artists

    So far as I know if you see "new music" and then "artists" is a result of folder naming.
    I'm not sure I understand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cskaryd View Post
    I do not have a least 15% free space on the drive(s). It's a 309G LVM with only about 10G free. So 97% in use.
    That can't be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cskaryd View Post
    ......... I do not have a least 15% free space on the drive(s). It's a 309G LVM with only about 10G free. So 97% in use.....
    Quote Originally Posted by JJZolx View Post
    That can't be good.
    Would it be possible to temporarily offload enough gb's to another drive so you can get to about 30% free space?
    Then complete wipe-rescan, see if performance improves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toby10 View Post
    Would it be possible to temporarily offload enough gb's to another drive so you can get to about 30% free space?
    Then complete wipe-rescan, see if performance improves?
    I will give this a shot later today and report back. Though, needing 93GB of free space needed seems a bit off...

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