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I have a quite strange problem regarding the connecting to a remote server.

The problem is very annoying when I'm using Midnight Commander (mc), just to scroll or inside the editor.

Overall there is a big lag between when I press a key and I get the response.

Now here is the current list of investigations:

Network speed

26 packets transmitted, 26 received, 0% packet loss, time 25033ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 154.538/158.928/178.473/5.057 ms


I tried to transfer a 50MB zip file from my machine to the server via SSH(scp) and I got an average speed of >1Mbps (initially the speed was around ~150kbps but grew fast)

Machine load

top - 02:36:09 up 217 days, 5 min,  3 users,  load average: 0.22, 0.55, 0.40
Tasks:  75 total,   2 running,  73 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
Cpu(s):  0.0%us,  0.0%sy,  0.0%ni,100.0%id,  0.0%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
Mem:   2053312k total,  1940624k used,   112688k free,    22848k buffers
Swap:   392184k total,    12556k used,   379628k free,   742936k cached

Note: this is a virtual machine and I asked IT if there is load issue with the guest and they reported that everything is ok.

What else could cause this and how to solve it?

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Can you sniff your ssh traffic when using mc? If there's lots of tcp packet loss/retransmit - it will show you that problem is with network congestion. – DukeLion May 18 '12 at 11:02

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