irqbalance and at daemons by default?

Dmitrijs Ledkovs dmitrij.ledkov at
Tue Mar 26 14:16:40 UTC 2013

On 26 March 2013 13:55, Chow Loong Jin <hyperair at> wrote:
> On 26/03/2013 18:38, Daniel J Blueman wrote:
>> When setting up Ubuntu servers and desktops, two daemons I always
>> remove are the atd and irqbalance.
>> irqbalance is perhaps good when you have a server with quad-port NIC
>> with a high rate of small packets and have found it to benefit over
>> the kernel's interrupt allocation (but wastes time and energy
>> otherwise); finally, the demographic who know and use the at daemon
>> must be >1% surely.
>> What justification do we have for continuing forcing these on users by
>> default? (and can we win back some a slightly leaner, securer setup by
>> revisiting this logic?)
> I'm not sure you win much back:
>  - apt-cache show at | sed -n 's/^Size: //p' => 37376
>  - ps -C atd -o cputime,etime => 00:00:00 8-03:30:27
>  - ps -C atd -o rss => 68
> So all in all, 37.4k of disk space, 68k of memory, and approximately 0 seconds
> of CPU time out of 8d 3h.
> Are there many security vulnerabilities in atd?

at has reverse dependency lsb-core, that is if we care to support
lsb-core set out of the box.



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