Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 448246
X Frequently Spikes CPU Time Over 80 Percent
Last modified: 2008-05-26 10:48:44 EDT
Description of problem:
X frequently (but at irregular intervals) grabs 80 percent or more of the cpu
time for short periods (~1 second). The interval varies from a few seconds to 45
seconds (very approximately). The spike in cpu usage is so severe that
keystrokes (e.g., being entered into an editor) are lost.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Using gnome WITHOUT compiz enabled (i.e., so that metacity is the window
manager). I've confirmed the problem with nothing but xterm running in a gnome
login session. I'm using the kmod-nvidia driver.
There are times when it doesn't happen at all. But usually it is producible.
Steps to Reproduce:
2.run top -b -d 0.2 >top.log for at least 45 seconds
3. Search top.log for "X" occupying CPU time of at least 80 percent.
Linux localhost.localdomain 220.127.116.11-92.fc8 #1 SMP Wed May 7 16:26:02 EDT 2008
x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Created attachment 306588 [details]
top.log with the event occurring at line 16269
Created attachment 306589 [details]
a screenshot of gkrellm with the spikes visible in the cpu usage window
Created attachment 306590 [details]
Thanks for the report. We are sorry that we cannot help you with your problem,
but we are not able to support binary-only drivers. If you would be able to
reproduce this issue using only open source software, please, reopen this bug
with the additional information, but in meantime I have no choice than to close
this bug as CANTFIX (because we really cannot fix it).
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