Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 487344
printer-applet is started even if no printers are configured
Last modified: 2009-03-18 13:07:06 EDT
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/4.2; Linux) KHTML/4.2.0 (like Gecko) Fedora/4.2.0-15.fc10
I have no printer, but printer-applet is started anyway eating up memory (together with some other autostarted apps I do not use). The applet uses over 30 MB (RES column in top on x86_64).
Please disable the autostart, unless it is crucial for the applet to be running. You might consider adding
to /usr/share/autostart/printer-applet.desktop, so the autostart is configurable and not global.
The "proper" fix would be to start on demand when printing happens, but until then, hacking around (as suggested) is likely frought with peril for most folk.
*shrug*, making it configurable (via X-KDE-autostart-condition) is acceptable to me, I guess.
most users have printers nowadays, so disable it by default is not good. If you don't have printer you can still remove the kdeutils-printer-applet subpackage.
Except that it's required by kdeutils for upgrade path reasons.
I do agree that the proper fix would be to start on demand. However, making it configurable with autostart *on by default* would, in my opinion, also be acceptable. This would not break anything and people get to choose what is running on their system.
For the record, trying to uninstall it was the first thing I did but the dependencies made me look for other fix/hack.
The problem is that it eats quite a lot of RAM and is not the only such app wasting my memory - this might be called a general trend. Where are the times 128 MB was enough for Red Hat Linux. ;-P
I don't see any generation or use of an printer-appletrc anywhere. Am I missing something?
If that's missing, then hacking it in fedora is a no-go, and should be taken upstream to implement fully/properly.