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Re: CPU time

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On Fri, 02 Feb 2007 09:11:08 -0500
Greg Folkert <greg@gregfolkert.net> wrote:

> > 
> > > On Thu, Feb 01, 2007 at 09:22:08AM -0500, Frank McCormick wrote:
> > >  
> > > > I accidentally discovered this morning that Xorg is taking up 25
> > > > percent of cpu time when at idle. Is this normal or should I
> > > > file a bug?
> > > > 
> > > > I'm running Etch.
> > > 
> Gnome Panel Monitors (you know animations for load average and so on)
> have this effect.
> Also, gdesklets. Some other "passive looking" things like remote
> e-mail monitors, swallowed applications (like XMMS or BMP) tend to
> defunct swallow-applet but still play music or what have you.
> But even a large xterm with "top" running with changes will cause XORG
> to run-up the usage list. It does have to render the changes, No?
> Where you want to really, close all your normal programs (not any
> panel mounted stuff etc..). Then CTRL-ALT-F1, login then use top. See
> what xorg is doing then.

  I'm not running Gnome -- I run IceWm - there are no applets other
than the two panel monitors...cpu and net traffic and I have never seen
Xorg over 2 or 3 % even with those. If I login on another terminal Xorg
doesn't even appear in the top list.

I don't think I have ever seen Xorg or its predecessor take up more
than 5% of cpu time, that's why I find this so strange.


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