gnome-shell cpu usage, audio, opengl - work fine only as root

Adam Jackson ajax at
Thu Apr 19 13:25:48 UTC 2012

On Thu, 2012-04-19 at 13:01 +0200, Saulo Bonfim wrote:
> Hi all, first post to the list.
> Using FC17, recently updated (ran yum update yesterday) on a i3 2.13GHz 
> HP G62
> First issue: as of its installation (3 weeks ago) noticed a high cpu 
> consumption of the gnome-shell process (circa 30% even without moving 
> mouse/typing) when logged in as a normal user. If I log in as root, the 
> issue disappears (gnome-shell cpu usage near zero). Both started with 
> startx, same .xinitrc.

If you would use gdm, you probably wouldn't see this.  gdm takes care to
set up a login session, which fixes the device permissions on /dev/dri/*
to those of the logged-in user.  startx doesn't yet.

There's probably a bug about this already, I suspect.

- ajax
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