Processor Use

Andrew Farris flyindragon1 at
Sun Sep 13 03:20:10 UTC 2009

On Sat, 2009-09-12 at 20:47 -0400, Michael Comperchio wrote:
> There is an interesting process name '-:0' and at least on process
> with no name.... and what are the processes 1-50, owned by root with
> no name?

I'm not sure what that could be, but I think the ":0" part of it denotes
that it's running on Display 0 (i.e., your main X display), which
indicates to me that it might have something to do with X. That's just a
best guess though.

I dont actually have this process on my computer, so I can't say for
certian what it's related to, but you could always try killing it and
seeing what stops working, if anything.

as for the unnamed root processes, these could be resident processes
that are in the process of terminating/restarting. although they could
also be other things...I'm just not sure.

I know you said you cant see these processes in system monitor... but
did you try adjusting the view settings? you can try going to "view >
all processes", then sort by CPU usage to find it... and to see what
ecatly the process is, you can go to "Edit > Preferences | Processes tab
> Information Fields " scroll down to the bottom and check the box next
to "Command line". This will add an extra column in the view that has
the terminal command that called each running process. This might be
helpful to you

> BTW what the heck's jiffie!?!?! ... as in 'Be back in a jiffy'?

A jiffy is a unit of time used to denote how long it takes light to
travel 1 centimeter. see this page for more infos:

hope that helps!

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