One of many problems.

Avi Greenbury avismailinglistaccount at
Fri May 2 16:52:53 UTC 2008

On Fri, 02 May 2008 16:45:01 +0000
gschaefr at wrote:

> When I run System Monitor, it shows 99 percent CPU use, 90 percent
> RAM use, and my 3 GB swap RAM usage gradually climbs to 90 percent,
> after watching it for 5 minutes or so. When I look at processes, the only
> process using resources besides the System Monitor itself is "gnash",
> which is using all remaining CPU. My question is, what is "gnash"? And
> what does it do for (TO?) me? When I look behind the main Firefox
> window, there is some kind of player running in a small window behind.
> It seems to be related to delivering video from BBC News, but no video
> ever displays in the main window, or anywhere else. What's going on?

Gnash is a free flash player.
Firefox 2.x has a fairly famous memory leak, wherein long sessions with it make it use up more memory.

I had this problem for a while, it dissapeared when I did a number of updates, among them to Firefox 3b and (possibly) to another flash player.

Avi Greenbury

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