One of many problems.

gschaefr at gschaefr at
Sat May 3 09:00:36 UTC 2008

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Derek Broughton <news at>
> 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.
> -- 
> derek

If I were to want to also uninstall gnash, and I think I do, how would I do it?
I read news articles from BBC News several times a day, and this situation
is making that almost impossible now, or at least *very* annoying! Thanks.


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