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Old 05-29-2003, 08:58 AM   #1
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Question magicdev takes up too much cpu time

I'm running RH 7.3 on a Dell desktop with moderate amount of ram and cpu speed. It is running as a lan firewall and server for our small business office. At first blush after a reboot, everything looks cool with cpu and mem usage. But the mem usage creeps up until it is using swap space all the time and cpu usage is almost always at 95% within a week.

When I check things out with top, I find that the magicdev deamon is eating up 89-96% cpu time. I cannot kill it as the owner of the process or as root. The obvious and easy solution is to reboot all the time, but this is in conflict with the role as a server.

Ideally I would love to just have magicdev work correctly, but if that is not an option, disabling it would be ok with me too. From the little info I was able to find while searching online was that it is the deamon that notes when a CD is put in the drive. Since I'm the only real user at this machine and I like xterm, I don't mind mounting and unmounting the CDROM as needed.

Anyone have the same problem? Anyone know how to fix it? Anyone know how to disable magicdev?

Old 12-19-2003, 02:38 AM   #2
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I realize that this is an old thread, but since i am having the exact same problem i thought i would try posting here first. I am running RH9 on a Sager 5660 laptop. I typically have not had any problems until i recently have been doing <5GB transfers to and from the HDD. I noticed that the cpu gets a little sluggish afterward. top shows that magicdev is the bastard responsible. there are no cds in the drive and have even tried keeping the tray open, i have had smb mounts for quite some time and have not had any problems. if anyone knows that the deal is, it would be much appreciated.



That should read "GREATER THAN (>) 5GB transfers"

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