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Hello there, I've managed to pin down a small problem with Mandrake 10.1 Official release - thought I'd share this with you. I've noticed over the past month or so ...
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    KDE mountwatcher - Problem app?


    Hello there,

    I've managed to pin down a small problem with Mandrake 10.1 Official release - thought I'd share this with you.

    I've noticed over the past month or so that something was slowing down my system. I installed 'Runaway process catcher' applet (it just sits on your kicker as a 'smiley' icon)

    Noticed that the application kded is the problem. This seems to be (or be
    associated with) kde mountwatcher. I did a Ctrl+Esc. and saw that it was using 80-83 percent of user resources and 17% of total system resources.
    That's more than X is using!

    I've tried re-nicing the process - not sure if this has really helped. Sometimes Konqueror will crash or Unreal Tournament 2004 will slow down a lot. I'm convinced this is the reason. If I kill the process, the system complains, but things mysteriously start working as expected. Thanks for reading
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    Re: KDE mountwatcher - Problem app?

    Sorry, no solution from me. Just the same problem.
    I am new to linux(for that matter any *x) and have no clue how to debug. But it is a very frustrating problem (I don't know how fingal finds it small For now, I am also resorting to killing the kded, but the system complains somethings and I fear something may break somewhere.
    In any case, if anybody has a solution, please post.
    TIA

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    Submit a bug report to Mandrake.

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    Hi,

    Pleased to see that someone has already logged this as a bug on the Mandrake site. There's a lot of discussion about it and they posted a kludge/workaround as a temp solution. They said:

    As a temporary workaround, you can start this "watchdog" script in your .xsession file in the background:

    #! /bin/sh

    while true; do
    load=`ps -C kded -o pcpu=`

    # we are doing lexicographic comparison
    # intentionally, it is not a bug
    # It is a neat trick how to get around
    # problems when $load is empty (no process running)
    # and with ps returning floating point numbers (-gt takes only integers)
    if [[ $load > "3.0" ]]; then
    #echo "We have a cpu hog, restarting it."
    killall kded
    kdeinit kded &> /dev/null &
    #echo "Pausing before resuming watch."
    sleep 10
    #echo "Resuming."
    fi
    sleep 10
    done

    As for me, I'll live with it for a while :o
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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