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Author Topic: Gaim and Pidgin always creating new PID's  (Read 1452 times)

sakuramboo

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Gaim and Pidgin always creating new PID's
« on: March 24, 2008, 12:55:58 pm »

I just noticed this issue when i fired open Gaim for the first time on VL. I was monitoring GKrellM and noticed that the number of processes jumped from around 80 to over 200 in a matter of a couple hours. After looking at htop, i noticed that all the added PID's were all from Gaim. So I installed Pidgin and I am noticing the same exact thing happening. When I send an IM, 2 processes get created and then 1 gets removed and when someone sends me an IM 1 process gets added. So, if I am I'm a chatty mood, the number of processes will just sky rocket. What could be the issue and is there any way to fix this?

I am running VL 5.8.

BTW, other than this issue, VL runs perfect on a Dell Inspiron 3500, 400 Mhz P2 with 190 Megs of Ram.
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Re: Gaim and Pidgin always creating new PID's
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2008, 04:23:40 pm »

Is GAIM/Pidgin (really the same thing; the latter is the "legalized" naming and latest evolution of the former) a threaded application? I don't know a lot, but there are certain applications that take advantage of "threading" - which looks like more processes, but isn't really. Give it a Google, or wait for someone smarter to come along.

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Re: Gaim and Pidgin always creating new PID's
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2008, 06:50:03 am »

pidgin is not a multi-threaded program. i have someone else looking into this, unfortunately, they are not experiencing the same problem. they see that pidgin loads and when they send and receive IM's, more PID's are created but they go away almost instantly (as soon as the message is sent or received). they arent using vector, so it seems like its only a problem with vector.

whats even more interesting is that htop reports all the processes and gkrellm sees them too, but ps doesnt, top doesnt and pstree doesnt (pstree doesnt even show the first instance of pidgin).

EDIT: I just noticed the same problem with Firefox. When ever I open a new tab, another process opens up and doesnt go away, even after I close the tab. To remove the processes, I need to completely close down firefox.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2008, 08:33:43 am by sakuramboo »
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