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Please see below for a recommended solution path.
This bug wastes CPU time on the user system as well as on cups.lbl.gov
Users have reported their system becomes much more responsive
Tue Mar 22 14:42:19 2005:RedHat Enterprise 4 may fix this problem.
bug description: cupsd problem with eggcups
"cupsd generates a new socket and log entry every 5 seconds" ...
The problem is with the desktop-printing package.
To obtain detailed information about the package type....
rpm -qi desktop-printing
[this will show something like this:]
Name : desktop-printing Relocations: (not relocateable)
Version : 0.1.10 Vendor: Red Hat, Inc.
Release : 6 Build Date: Fri 24 Jan 2003 03:27:00 PM PST
Summary : Nautilus desktop print icon
Description : [...]
Solution path for this eggcups problem
1) Become root on the affected system.
2) Kill/end ALL the current processes that are associated with the
desktop-printing package by typing
3) UNINSTALL the desktop-printing package from the system by typing
rpm -e desktop-printing
Please run cupsd ONLY if you are running a print server.
We believe that turning off cupsd (/etc/init.d/cups stop) on your machine
will make BOTH your machine and cups.lbl.gov much more responsive.
Turn OFF cupsd if your /etc/cups/client.conf is already configured like this:
We recommend the configuration
With that configuration, cupsd is NOT needed (and even causes problems)!!
As root, TURN OFF cupsd as follows and make sure cups will NOT startup:
/sbin/service cups stop
/sbin/chkconfig cups off
Check status by
/sbin/chkconfig --list cups
You should see
cups 0:off 1:off 2:off 3:off 4:off 5:off 6:off
/sbin/chkconfig --list cups-config-daemon
cups-config-daemon 0:off 1:off 2:off 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off
/sbin/service cups-config-daemon stop
Stopping cups-config-daemon: [ OK ]
/sbin/chkconfig cups-config-daemon off
/sbin/chkconfig --list cups-config-daemon
cups-config-daemon 0:off 1:off 2:off 3:off 4:off 5:off 6:off
5) Then, under your NON-root account, confirm you can STILL print by sending a
small test file to your printer via cups.
Given the above, you can see the printers in (for example) building 70 by
lpstat -a | egrep 70
See nsd printers by
lpstat -a | egrep nsd
shows the "nicknames (classnames)" of the printers.
CUPS, gnome-cups-icon continually eating memory, slow video performance
Debian Sarge system
Linux 2.4.25-1-686 #3 Wed Apr 14 21:56:44 EST 2004 i686 GNU/Linux
[This is a Debian Sarge version = testing,
with some upgrades from Sid version =unstable
description of the releases is here http://www.debian.org/releases/
The problem was caused by program gnome-cups-icon
ls -A |grep cups
showed multiple instances of gnome-cups-icon
This program is contained in a package called:
All I did was to remove this package by using interface like: aptitude or
Manually it can be done by command:
apt-get remove gnome-cups-manager
Background on Debian Linux gnome-cups-icon problems
Re: CUPS, gnome-cups-icon continually eating memory, slow video performance
From: Derrick 'dman' Hudson (dman_at_dman13.dyndns.org)
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* In reply to: Roman Brodylo: "CUPS, gnome-cups-icon continually eating * memory, slow video performance"
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 15:18:22 -0400
On Mon, Aug 18, 2003 at 04:16:55PM +0200, Roman Brodylo wrote:
| Hello there,
| think I have a bug here, but I'm not sure.
Yeah, a memory leak like that is definitely a bug.
| I'm running testing and my system slows down to a near halt if it's been
| up and running for hours. Slows down meaning workspace switching,
| switching from one window(app) to another takes really long (15 seconds
| and up). Closing a window, you can watch it slowly disappear line by
| line down.
| Took a look at the gnome system monitor, process view and saw
| gnome-cups-icon as the process with the largest memory 200+ MB.
| While I'm writing this it has grown from 30 to 45MB; just logged in an
| hour ago.
| Does anyone know what's going on?
All I can say is that you have the 'gnome-cups-manager' package
installed (based on a search on packages.debian.org). My
recommendation would be to remove that package and just use the web
interface (http://localhost:631/) to manage cups instead.
Last modified Tue Mar 22 16:01:18 PST 2005