Slowing Linux to a crawl

Terrence Enger tenger-P1ovA8G34VBEfu+5ix1nRw at
Wed Jul 29 02:28:57 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-07-28 at 21:57 -0400, Giles Orr wrote:
> For the BashPrompt HOWTO I suggest a bunch of code snippets that can
> be incorporated into the prompt.  I used to keep a 25MHz 486DX with
> 16MB of memory for speed testing using the "time" command so I could
> comment on the relative speed of the code snippets.  Sadly, I no
> longer have that machine.  Hell, I don't even have a netbook.  These
> days even the most ungainly and inefficient piece of bash code
> executes in statistically insignificant amounts of time.  So the
> question: is there a simple way to limit a process (Bash) and its
> subprocesses so it runs very slowly and consistently, and so that
> "time" inside this process knows about it and produces numbers on a
> scale I'm looking for?  An emulator?  Some kind of throttling
> mechanism?  Simple would be nice.  Thanks.


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