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Old 05-31-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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kworker amok


wtf is kworker and why is it running 9 processes on my box now?

368 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:1]
816 ? S 0:00 [kworker/u:6]
817 ? S 0:00 [kworker/u:7]
2098 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:6]
2538 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:0]
3006 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:5]
3177 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:4]
3571 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:3]
3695 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:2]

Linux dtd 2.6.38.7-smp #1 SMP Sat May 21 20:29:12 CDT 2011 i686 AMD Athlon(tm) Processor LE-1640 AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux
 
Old 05-31-2011, 09:56 PM   #2
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Oh my God! The same thing is happening to me! I'm killing them all as we speak! We're being overrun!

EDIT: Actually... I think this just might be normal.
 
Old 05-31-2011, 10:55 PM   #3
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kworker is a Kernel process.

You can read the Kernel documentation for workqueue.txt if you need more info.
 
Old 06-01-2011, 09:38 AM   #4
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dTd,

What ver. of Slack are you running & which desktop?


disturbed1,

What kind of "Kernel process" is kworker, i.e. what does it do?
Where can OP find workqueue.txt?
 
Old 06-01-2011, 09:54 AM   #5
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/usr/src/linux/Documentation/workqueue.txt
 
Old 06-01-2011, 07:38 PM   #6
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Killing this process is stupidity... actually I think you can't kill it -

pgrep kworker
10
12
417
627
672
5592
5650

Notice, Linux (or in general Unix) is NOT windows... it has a lot of low negligible memory consuming processes, and shows them all unlike windows which hides 90% of the system processes.
 
Old 06-02-2011, 02:47 AM   #7
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I don't have a problem with them, and haven't tried to kill any of them :P I was just wondering... thanks for the explanation.
 
Old 04-24-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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I had same the problem kworker going mad. I have been messing around with BIOS setting (overclocking), then Kworker started using 100% on core 0. Cleared the BIOS by taking out battery and replacing it, this stopped the Kworker problem for me.

Last edited by Ender1; 04-24-2012 at 12:21 PM.
 
Old 02-18-2013, 08:15 AM   #9
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Did not solve that problem!

... hew, I'm feeling sorry about it, but I red your explanations and didn't manage to solve that trouble on my computer! :'(
Still presently, some kworker/0:x processes are using a lot of my CPU power, around 70/80%, and I can't understand the way to solve it...

May someone please explain it to me?
 
Old 02-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #10
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http://askubuntu.com/questions/33640...ng-so-much-cpu

you might find some clues here - your problem could well be related to the kernel you're running.
 
  


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