Weblog entry #90 for dkg
However, during a recent upgrade, something wanted to pull in pulseaudio, which in turn wanted to pull in libasound2-plugins, and i distractedly (foolishly) let it. With that package installed, after an mpd restart, the CPU was completely thrashed (100% utilization) and music only played in stutters of 1 second interrupted by a couple seconds of silence. igor was unusable for its intended purpose.
Getting rid of pulseaudio was my first attempt to fix the stuttering, but the problem remained even after pulse was all gone and mpd was restarted.
Then i did a little search of which packages had been freshly installed in the recent run:
grep ' install .* <none> ' /var/log/dpkg.logand used that to pick out the offending package.
After purging libasound2-plugins and restarting mpd, the igor is back in action.
Lesson learned: on low-overhead machines, don't allow apt to install recommends!
echo 'APT::Install-Recommends "0";' >> /etc/apt/apt.confAnd it should go without saying, but sometimes i get sloppy: i need to pay closer attention during an "apt-get dist-upgrade"
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