Impressions of Gutsy (Was: First impressions of dolphin)

Derek Broughton news at
Tue Oct 9 13:05:34 UTC 2007

Steve Lamb wrote:

> Steve Lamb wrote:
>> root      4448  0.0  0.3   3156   980 ?        S    19:03   0:00
>> /usr/lib/hal/hald-addon-cpufreq
>>     Another piece I'd like to remove.  980k to twiddle with my CPUFreq
>> which is not wanted.  In fact...
>     Just a quick follow up.  I went digging to see if I could find a way
>     to
> shut this down short of ripping out hal which I don't want to do.  I was
> not amused to find this:
> {grey at mania:/usr/share/doc/hal} ls -la
> total 40
> drwxr-xr-x    2 root root  4096 2007-10-06 18:42 .
> drwxr-xr-x 1020 root root 36864 2007-10-08 23:28 ..
>     c'mon, the most basic place to look for some sort of documentation
>     outside
> of man (which was less than helpful) is /usr/share/doc!  Why make the
> directory if nothing's going in it.  :(

_That_ is a problem that's common to far more than Ubuntu.  /usr/share/doc
doesn't contain much of use for most of the packages that are installed. 
They make the directory because policy dictates there must be one - but not
that there must be something present in it.

>     On the other hand I did reclaim that 1.1Mb of a process staring at my
> CD-ROM drive.

Bet you didn't... :-)
> {grey at mania:/usr/share/doc/hal} sudo hal-disable-polling --device
> {/dev/scd0
> Polling for drive /dev/scd0 have been disabled. The fdi file written was
>   /etc/hal/fdi/information/media-check-disable-storage_model_CD_224E.fdi

So it's no longer polling, but most of that memory is probably still being
used by hald.

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