One of many problems.

Derek Broughton news at
Fri May 2 17:11:01 UTC 2008

Avi Greenbury wrote:

> 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.

Yes, but it's gnash that takes up all that CPU.  I uninstalled it.  I was
pretty ticked to find that, even though I avoid flash sites like the
plague, and never intentionally installed gnash, it was routinely bringing
my system to its knees.

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