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Bug 253470 - anonymous window with the icon of a gear and progress bar flashes on the display
anonymous window with the icon of a gear and progress bar flashes on the display
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-power-manager (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: David Zeuthen
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-08-19 23:33 EDT by xunilarodef
Modified: 2013-03-05 22:51 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-08-27 19:54:18 EDT
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Description xunilarodef 2007-08-19 23:33:22 EDT
Description of problem: 
  Visual distraction and wasteful consumption of computing resources
by a little window popping up, and soon going away all by itself
(fortunately, since it contained no controls to close it).  Repeatedly.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
at-spi-1.19.5-1.fc8 on the f8t1 LiveCD
at-spi-1.19.5-2.fc8 on f8 rawhide

How reproducible:
  All of the time.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot an installed Fedora 8 rawhide system, and observe, or
2. Boot Fedora-8-Test-1-Live-i686 LiveCD, and observe.

Actual results:
An anonymous window containing only the icon of a gear (or waterwheel?) 
and a short completed progress bar flashes on the display for a few 
seconds, with an irregular interval of approximately every minute or two
while the Fedora-8-Test-1-Live-i686 LiveCD runs.

Expected results:
  When System, Preferences, Personal, Assistive Technology Preferences
has the checkbox UNselected (as it is by default when f8 rawhide is 
running), it would be reaonable to expect this process to consume
no CPU resources, instead of the constant 1% ~ 4% CPU consumption
shown by Applications, System Tools, System Monitor.

  When System, Preferences, Personal, Assistive Technology Preferences
has the checkbox selected (as it is by default when the
Fedora-8-Test-1-Live-i686 LiveCD is running), no anonymous window
should be briefly displayed every minute or two.  It would be
reasonable also to expect this process to consume trivial CPU resources
as long as no Assistive Technology is in use.

Additional info:
  When running the LiveCD, killing at-spi-registryd stops
the popup window from periodically appearing.

Two pertinent (possibly factual) comments can be found at:


The at-spi-registryd process should be started only when
accessibility is enabled. There is (was?) a bug in xscreensaver which
caused at-spi-registryd process to be started when it should not have

already documents what Powertop reveals about this program's behavior.
Comment 1 Matthias Clasen 2007-08-27 19:54:18 EDT
not an accessibility problem. What you are seeing is the gnome-power-manager
brightness OSD, and the problem has meanwhile been fixed in rawhide.

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