flashplugin cpu hog

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Wed Aug 11 22:56:13 UTC 2010


On Wed, 2010-08-11 at 13:57 -0700, JD wrote:
> $ ps -wwef | grep 'plugin\-containe'
> jd        6519  6483 42 13:30 ?        00:01:16 
> /usr/lib/xulrunner-1.9.2/plugin-container 
> /usr/lib/flash-plugin/libflashplayer.so 6483 plugin
> 
> Line grabbed from top:
> 
>    PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND
>   6519 jd        20   0  292m 100m  22m S 51.4  5.0   2:06.64 
> plugin-containe
> 
> I have latest flash plugin from adobe.com installed:
> 
> flash-plugin-10.1.82.76-release.i386
> 
> Also, this cpu load by the flashplugin was there in spite of the fact I 
> had no flash playing on firefox.
> 
> So, I killed the process (not firefox).
> I then played a youtube video, sure enough, cpu usage sckyrocketed to 79%.
> I stopped the playback in FF and flashplugin now looked reasonable, but 
> still
> using the cpu:
> 
>    PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND
>   6645 jd        20   0  221m  39m  18m S  7.6  2.0   1:20.51 
> plugin-containe
> 
> So, Iwhat in blazes is it doing when I have nothing playing?
> 7.6% of cpu is a whole lot of cpu for doing nothing!
> Does Adobe read this list??? They should take note!!
----
Recognize that Flash is not provided by Fedora which makes this pretty
much off-topic. I think it's safe to assume that Adobe does not read
this list.

Your commentary about flash/hog seems pretty much in line with Steve
Jobs reasoning for not allowing it to be ported to the iPhone (rooted
iPhones can now install a flash port but that is way, way, way OT). By
the way, it seems to work fairly well on my Android (Froyo).

My suggestion to you is that if you don't want to waste the cycles,
uninstall it.

Craig


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