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Old 02-18-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Problem with recordmydesktop

Hi everybody,
i am pretty new to programming in linux,and i'm having a problem which is driving me crazy

I am writing an application which uses recordmydesktop to capture the screen.That program outputs a file encoded in ogg-theora format,and offers two alternative ways of encoding:
1)on the fly, i.e. it encodes while it's capturing
2)after the capture

Now,i need to use the 2nd way,but here my problem rises:when i stop the recording (and the encoding starts) the pc hangs,until the encoding is finished: i can't even move the mouse pointer....
What is weird is that if i start a shell,while my program is active,and run recordmydesktop with the same parameters i use in my program,that hang doesn't occur...

Looking at the processes with top,i found out that when i run recordmydesktop from my program,it "inherits" the priority from my program (it has a -2 priority).Otherwise,when running from another shell,it has a lower priority,which seems to explain why the hang happens.
So i tried to launch recordmydesktop using something like:
system("nice 19 recordmydesktop &");
but nothing seems to change...

So i ask you:
1) Do you have any advice?
2) Can i explicitly start a process with a given priority? I ask this cause by using nice i can set the niceness (the NI column of the "top" command output),but not the priority (which is the PR column).

Thanks in advance!
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