Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 51043
GNOME leaves processes hanging around after exit
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:35:31 EDT
Description of Problem:
Exiting GNOME leaves two processes hanging around.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. At the GDM login screen, log into GNOME
2. Log out
3. Log in at the console
4. Do "ps -x"
"gconfd" and "oafd" are still running.
"gconfd" and "oafd" were shut down with the rest of the GNOME
processes upon GNOME exit.
There really is no reason for these processes to stop. GConf is a per
application configuration registry that can be used by apps that are graphical
or not. oafd allows CORBA enabled apps to find CORBA objects - again not a
graphical or non-graphical item.
There is definite reason for these processes to stop. When
a user is totally logged out, they should not consume
Imagine a publicly accessible terminal in a lab - I'm sure
you have lots of installations like this. Do you really want
to waste two processes per user who has ever logged in to the
Current rawhide gnome-core (well, I'm not sure it synced yet, but whatever I
built on Friday or so) has a terrible hack to kill off oafd on logout, assuming
you log out cleanly. If you ctrl-alt-backspace, you're on your own.
gconfd will exit after 15 minutes if it is unused. If it doesn't exit then
something is probably using it. I could change this time to 5 minutes, I'm not
sure what would be best.
If this contrasts with observed behavior, please reopen.
This defect is considered SHOULD-FIX for Fairfax.