Invisible process killing the CPU

Sergey Zaharchenko doublef-ctm at
Sat Feb 17 03:51:13 UTC 2007

Hello Nagy!

Fri, Feb 16, 2007 at 09:11:00PM +0100 you wrote:

> Now the CPU is almost idle. :-) However, the prcfr value is still 
> between 400 and 500. Is that normal?

Depends on the value and properties of 'almost'. If no processes enter
and exit the system, it should be 0 (even if some process is constantly
running --- this value only), and that's what I observe when I know no
programs (like shell scripts) which start other programs are running.
Under light load, it should be OK. If you're still afraid of forking
processes, it's probably better to look at the last pid counter in the
`top' display to show whether lots of presesses are being created. It's
quite possible for prcfr to be in the tens of thousands when doing some
'find . |xargs -n 1 foo' stuff, especially where foo is a large program
(because foo gets invoked for each file individually), and it's not a
problem by itself.

No virus detected in this message. Ehrm, wait a minute...
/kernel: pid 56921 (antivirus), uid 32000: exited on signal 9
Oh yes, no virus:)
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