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I'm getting 100% CPU usage at startup consistently by apport-gtk as shown here.

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According to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Apport, Apport shouldn't even be running on my machine since it's not a beta version (although I upgraded from 14.04 LTS Beta 2 to the release version).

Finally, I have tried the following to no avail:

1) Disable apport as described here: http://linuxg.net/how-to-disable-the-apport-error-reporting-on-ubuntu-14-04-trusty-tahr/

$ cat /etc/default/apport                                                                                       
# set this to 0 to disable apport, or to 1 to enable it
# you can temporarily override this with
# sudo service apport start force_start=1
enabled=0

2) I've disabled all options in System Settings > Security & Privacy > Diagnostics tab as shown below.

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Brief system info:


$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Release:        14.04
Codename:       trusty

$ uname -a
Linux architect 3.13.0-24-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP Thu Apr 10 19:11:08 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I've run out of ideas and am not sure what I can do to fix this issue. Any ideas?

  • 1
    just kill the apport-gtk process. – Avinash Raj Apr 24 '14 at 4:39
  • The processes (4 of 'em as shown) go away by themselves after like 15-20 seconds so I don't want to kill them, not to mention having to start the computer by killing something every time would be weird ;). – ehsanullahjan Apr 24 '14 at 13:43
  • Do you really need it? I removed apport with apt-get. – user354998 Dec 5 '14 at 13:07
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Take a look and delete all files in /var/crash/:

rm /var/crash/*

I suddenly had the same problem apport-gtk taking 100% on every restart.

Seemed there was a huge (2GB+) bogus crash file in /var/crash/ that couldn't be parsed. After several minutes of waiting I always ended up with this rather mysterious dialog:

This problem report is damaged and cannot be processed. Error('Incorrect padding',)

After I deleted the file in /var/crash/ both issues were gone.

  • Maybe relevant: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apport/+bug/970837 – demel Jul 16 '14 at 19:19
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    Unfortunately I had to re-install for some reason soon after I posted the question. After the new installation, it's working perfectly fine. If I have to guess, I'd blame it on the fact that my installation was an upgrade to 14.04 from beta 2. I guess that screwed apport somehow. – ehsanullahjan Jul 19 '14 at 10:10
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    A re-install will clear /var/crash/* as well, but to solve the issue a manual clear is much easier. – Janghou Sep 25 '14 at 9:59
  • apport-gtk was taking up 100% of my cpu usage when starting the Atom text editor, and Atom was extremely slow to load or quit. After clearing /var/crash it works perfectly for me – rviertel Oct 19 '16 at 17:08

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