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    Default Why is kconf_update taking over my machine?

    Everything seems to be running slow and every few seconds the window buttons
    flash.

    When I look at top it seems that I keep finding kconf_update either at the
    top of the list or near it, sometimes taking 36% of the CPU. Not only that
    but ~/.kde4/share/apps/kconf_update/log/update.log just keeps getting bigger
    - a tail -f shows stuff being just poured onto the end of it.

    How do I get this under control? I've tried kill but, like the hydra, new
    process keep reappearing.

    Alan




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    Default Re: Why is kconf_update taking over my machine?

    What does the log file say? Post it on pastebin if it's big, or snip it down to show only interesting/strange things.

    kconf_update : http://wiki.kde.org/tiki-index.php?p...ration%20Files
    Seems like either you have lots of configuration files that need updating, in which case time will heal your problem, or there is a dodgy update file that is choking the process. The log should tell you which one it is (it is to be hoped).

    Have a look in $HOME/.kde4/share/apps/kconf_update and see what things it is looking at, might help a bit.
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    Default Re: Why is kconf_update taking over my machine?

    weighty foe wrote:

    >
    > What does the log file say? Post it on pastebin if it's big, or snip it
    > down to show only interesting/strange things.
    >
    > kconf_update : http://tinyurl.com/cg2muj
    > Seems like either you have lots of configuration files that need
    > updating, in which case time will heal your problem, or there is a dodgy
    > update file that is choking the process. The log should tell you which
    > one it is (it is to be hoped).
    >
    > Something to try (it's not good though, stuff may break):
    > Find where kconf_update lives (terminal: which kconf_update) or do a
    > search for it (its probably in /usr/bin or /usr/sbin).
    > Rename it to, say, kconf_update_BUSTED
    > Kill the kconf_update process
    > See what happens...
    > YMMV, and things may break for you.
    >
    >

    Since the log file is choking the machine and it's only a problem for my
    particular user I've renamed ~/.kde4 which is a royal PITA as I've now got
    to go through copying across the stuff I want into the new folder and trying
    to make sure I don't lose data/settings in the process.

    - just when I'd got KDE4 pretty well configured as I want it :-(

    Alan


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