excessive gconfd-2 cpu usage

Art Edwards edwardsa at icantbelieveimdoingthis.com
Mon Jul 26 17:44:32 UTC 2010

This has appeared in several forums posts. The fix was to remove 
metacity from the startup menu. I append below a post to the ubuntu 
forums, with the hope that a developer can answer the  questions at the 
bottom. Any assistance would be appreciated.

I'm running lucid on an amd x86-64 box.

I had fixed this issue by removing metacity from my startups. It's still
  not there, but now, after a couple of updates, metacity is constantly
restarted, as evidenced by repeated commands

ps -ax | grep meta

and by the constant updating of the file %gconf.xml in the directory


Also I had removed the directory


but it has been regenerated.

Before I start mindlessly to remove directories, I'd like to ask a couple of questions:

1. What, besides the autostart menu, starts metacity?

2. What window manager runs the login menu?

Art Edwards

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