After I log in, my laptop takes a really long time to load. Watching top, it seems like one thing that is using a ton of juice is Liferea. I do want it to sync my feeds, but I'm wondering if there's a good way to throttle it so that it doesn't use more memory than I have to spare.

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If the problem primarily happens during login, one option is to delay Liferea until the rest of the login processes have quieted down:

If the problem is solely due to CPU usage, consider running Lifearea under cpulimit:


It would be better to start liferea manually, instead of starting it with the system, that way it won't put a drag on the system.

You can also set Liferea to only load feeds manually as opposed to automatically updating (in the preferences).

  • I would really like to have it start automatically, actually.
    – Amanda
    Apr 22, 2011 at 18:47
  • @Amanda: then you will have to live with the drag it gives you :) (Liferea is pretty heavy).
    – RolandiXor
    Apr 22, 2011 at 21:08
  • I still don't like this solution, but after some tinkering I've settled on a single script to launch a handful of things (Liferea, gPodder, some messaging clients and Conky which gets all fussy if it loads too soon). I run it manually after I log in.
    – Amanda
    Apr 28, 2011 at 23:33

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