The system load is a measure of the amount of work that a computer system is currently performing.

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Compiz using 8% - 25% cpu continually

Any tips? Running Intel Core 2 Quad x64 ubuntu precise 12.04 Dell OptiPlex 760 nvidia graphics driver UPDATE: Unfortunately I uninstalled Ubuntu... Just couldn't deal with the incompatibilities and ...
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What's the difference between load average and CPU load?

Here's the output of top: top - 23:30:49 up 2:18, 1 user, load average: 4.36, 4.36, 4.39 Tasks: 105 total, 2 running, 103 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie Cpu(s): 3.6%us, 8.0%sy, 0.0%ni, 73....
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Why is ksoftirqd/0 process using all of my CPU?

I was feeling Ubuntu was running a bit sluggish, and then I went to see the processes running on it, and found one which was using something like 50% of CPU called ksoftirqd/0. Does anyone know what ...
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What is process “/usr/bin/X :0 -auth /var/run/lightdm/root/:0 -nolisten tcp vt7 -novtswitch -background none”?

I am experiencing some serious performance issues with my Ubuntu 12.04 setup and thus looking for the culprit by running htop alongside my usual tasks. Aside from the usual suspects like chromium, ...
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Why is Thunderbird pegging a core at 100%?

I have experienced 2-3 unexplained lockup over last 10 days. Today, I had a random lockup (no mouse, keyboard response, 100% CPU). But, when I finally switched (Ctrl-Alt-F1) to command line (it took ...
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CPU Turbo boost: modify temperature limit under 14.04

I've installed kubuntu 14.04, and there is some problem with CPU turbo frequency. I've read a lot about it, but can't find the correct answer. There is an i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.40GHz with 3.20GHz turbo ...
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tracker-store and tracker-miner-fs eating up my CPU on every startup

Whenever I start my laptop the process tracker-store and tracker-miner-fs eats up my CPU between 30-40% for 10-15 minutes. I am on ubuntu 12.04. What does these processes do? How to get rid of ...
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kidle_inject uses cpu power without apparent reason

I am using ubuntu 14.04 LTS on an i5-3250M, 6GB RAM Dell Inspiron laptop. I have been noticing all this time from my cpu usage monitor that there is high usage of my CPU (without using something ...
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How can I disable hud-service?

hud-service keeps eating my cpu. This is troublematic, specially because I'm running 12.04 in a Asus EEEPC. There are a lot of answers on how to change hud bindings, but what I reallyw wonder if there ...
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How to improve Ubuntu performance on netbook

Most recent Ubuntu 12.04 seems to be quite nice and Unity (3D/2D) works fine for me, however not on my old Acer Aspire One any more. There was a times, when I switched from Windows XP to Ubuntu and ...
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can the applications at “startup applications” be less encumbersome?

With this tip I saw there is a total of about 60 applications being started.. I have to sit back and wait about 45s while the desktop is unresponsive... How startup applications work? can I tweak ...
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Is there a way to autostart CPULIMIT in order to reduce excessive CPU consumption

tracker-miner-f, tracker-store, tracker-extract and dropbox processes are killing my CPU, they make it run at over 100%, overheating my laptop. I have installed CPULIMIT and it works great ...
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How to log CPU load?

How to log CPU load to a file in order to investigate a problem?
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Is there an application indicator for CPU usage by core?

I love System Load Indicator (indicator-multiload), but it doesn't reflect the usage of the individual CPU cores, just the overall CPU usage. Sometimes I'll have an application max out a single core (...
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check-new-release process eating up resources on Ubuntu server 13.04

A small Ubuntu 13.04 virtual machine instance I run in a cloud environment regularly becomes slow/unresponsive because of a proces called check-new-release. Is there any way to disable this process ...
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High Load, but nothing running?

I am not sure how this is even possible. Looking at top, my loads are often above 2, 3, 4.0, but I am over 99% idle. There is never a process at the top that is taking up anything, all my processes ...
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How to log memory and cpu usage of an application?

Similar to question How to log CPU load?, I would like to log memory of a process. The process I want to log, is killed on a remote server, and I want to find out the CPU load and the memory usage ...
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Compiz consuming lot of cpu when display is off in 12.04 [closed]

I just upgraded to 12.04 this weekend, and since the upgrade, whenever the screen is turned off (after 5 min of inactivity), the fan starts to run like crazy, making a lot of noise. When I get back to ...
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Can I somehow pause all processes of an user logged in in background?

I have mainly two accounts on my 14.10 laptop: Mine (admin) and my brother's (restricted). Now when my brother is logged in and runs some applications like firefox with flash player, it consumes ...
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why is rtkit-daemon eating 100% of my CPU?

I sometimes have an rtkit-daemon process eating 100% of my CPU and making the system unresponsive. I reboot and things are fine after that. What is rtkit-daemon supposed to do and why would it be ...
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How to stop “aptd” from maxing out my CPU?

After running the "top" command in the terminal, I see "aptd" running which causes the cpu to run at 100%. If I'm updating the system, or installing a software, I see it. I only recently noticed it. ...
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Indicator multiload applet causes excessive compiz/CPU usage

** Update: I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 14.10 and compiz is now at 1% CPU. Most of the compiz cycles consumed on my system are caused by "indicator-multiload". This has been a problem for me since, ...
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Why does CPU usage spikes to 90% and more after wake from suspend on Ubuntu 13.04?

On an Acer C7 Chromebook running ChrUbunutu (not CROUTON) I noticed a problem after moving to 13.04. If I put the system to sleep and then wake it up both CPU cores spike to 90%+ usage. Soon after ...
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Compiz makes CPU run at 100% when in suspend mode in 12.04

Recently I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop. And I found that when I left my laptop suspend mode, the Compiz hold CPU at 100% all the time until the laptop woke up. Can anyone tell me what is ...
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Compiz high CPU

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.04 (my first Linux) alongside Windows 7. When I booted for the first time and ever since Compiz is eating up my CPU. When idle and doing nothing window management ...
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How to Limit the CPU usage for a process and its Children wether there is another process demands resources or not

i was wondering about something like CPUlimit to limit the process CPU usage but i am aiming to apply the same percentage of usage for its children processes too automatically without adding them ...
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NTFS drive mounted generates huge load

I've got an NTFS drive mounted and on I/O it generates huge amounts of load. I'm now running my CPU (amd fusion dual core) at 100%... both. My load average is 3.47 at the moment. Anyone an idea to ...
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Software and Updater consumes 100% CPU in Ubuntu 16.04

I've upgraded my laptop (Lenovo Z50-70) which has an i7 CPU and 8Gigs of Ram to Ubuntu 16.04 from 15.10. I've been installing updates consistently. I'm using ubuntu with Gnome desktop environment (GDM)...
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Bash taking a lot of time to load

So when I open a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) it takes about 6 seconds to the prompt to show, and I can observe (running top on another terminal) that it is taking 99% of the CPU to do that. What can be ...
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High CPU load, low core usage, (ECC) memory error in kernel

I am having a super weird behavior ... The CPU load of my computer goes through the roof (>4 on a 8core machine) but there is no process that is taking much CPU (see attached image) Though the 8 core ...
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usage of disk freezes ubuntu for few seconds

I installed ubuntu 14.04 about 2 months ago and about 1 month ago this issue began to occur: Whenever HDD is used (saving a file, file download, opening a file..even small ones) there is about 60% ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 high CPU usage and high temperature

Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop uses more than 50 percents of each core even if nothing is running. I have checked from system monitor and from htop, both of them show that each of 4 CPUs percentage is ...
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Frequent CPU hogging

I am using ubuntu for 4 months. I am starting to notice that, my CPU usage is becoming 100% very frequently and my system becomes unresponsive. I don't run any CPU intensive tasks, just nautilus, ...