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Old 11-13-2008, 07:32 AM   #1
pppaaarrrkkk
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Can I close the process "ath5k_pci" ?


....the thing is that root owns the process. Sometimes, it starts up and the whole PC slows to a crawl. When I do :

$top

I can see that ath5k_pci is using all of 1 processor.

I don't know why root seems to start doing it. Normally, I reboot, but that's not very helpful.

Any suggestions as to what I should do.



Thanks.
 
Old 11-13-2008, 12:18 PM   #2
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no
u dont have the necessary permision to stop the process started by root.
state ur problem to root and request him to stop it for ur convenience

file permissions are one of the best features of unix based OS..
Unix/linux OS's never compromise with security...

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Old 11-13-2008, 12:26 PM   #3
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Well this ath5k_pci is used by a wireless device. Are you sure you are not using it for your connection? If you kill it, I'd imagine that you'd be killing your connection as well. If you're not using a wireless connection, then kill it and disable the device that's using it so it doesn't come back.
 
Old 11-13-2008, 12:30 PM   #4
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Well this ath5k_pci is used by a wireless device. Are you sure you are not using it for your connection? If you kill it, I'd imagine that you'd be killing your connection as well. If you're not using a wireless connection, then kill it and disable the device that's using it so it doesn't come back.

i seriously doubt ur opinion trickykid.
according to the thread owner "ath5k_pci" process is owned by root
whatever may be the process's function....u need to be "su" to kill that procees..
if i am wrong plz correct me
 
Old 11-13-2008, 01:02 PM   #5
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I didn't make it quite clear.

The thing is that I can su to root and kill the process, since I am the only person using the PC. But I don't understand what it is that is going on that means that this process is taking up so much processor time.

I can su to root, but I wondered whether by killing the process, I will do something that will cause me problems.

By rebooting, I know that the OS should sort everything out okay, whereas if I force the process to quit I was wondering whether I will cause myself problems.
 
Old 11-13-2008, 01:06 PM   #6
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I didn't make it quite clear.

The thing is that I can su to root and kill the process, since I am the only person using the PC. But I don't understand what it is that is going on that means that this process is taking up so much processor time.

I can su to root, but I wondered whether by killing the process, I will do something that will cause me problems.

By rebooting, I know that the OS should sort everything out okay, whereas if I force the process to quit I was wondering whether I will cause myself problems.
in that case are u completely sure that this process is not concerned with any wireless device??

So u are running a single user PC.
then u can kill it and i dont think it would hogg up all the memory any more and create any furthur problems
 
Old 11-13-2008, 08:33 PM   #7
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Okay, thanks.
 
  


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