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A couple of weeks ago I installed Redhat 9 on a box that I wasn't using for anything else to see how things had progressed since Redhat 5. I'm accessing X on the box via vnc from a WinXP machine. As of very recently the linux box began disk thrashing and ultimately falling over. When I look at the system monitor over vnc I see that there are numerous copies of processes and that, as I kill them, they simply respawn in ever growing numbers. The processes that seem most prolific are eggcups, gnome-session, vnc, gnome-panel, nautilus, magicdev, metacity and a few others. They are all sleeping and all filling memory. What's changed? Well, I did get it to log on automatically, and I put vncserver in the run-at-start group so as to avoid having to run it over telnet each time I wanted in.

How can I clean this up?
look at the command:

netstat -an | grep -i established

(on the remote machine) to see who is connected.

I don't use vnc alot ... but it seems one of two things is happening .. either a whole bunch of people are connecting to your machine.


When you exit, you are somehow leaving your old sessions open.
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