unkown process that changes pid is it a problem?

Asked by David BIrch on 2010-01-26

Ubuntu 9.10 pointer on Desktop shows constant activity, system monitor shows unknown process running intermittently, and it frequently changes pid.
I feel suspicious of this.
Tried scanning, bitdefender, avast etc reinstall root partition.
file system:
/swap
/
/home

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Philip Muškovac (yofel) said : #1

Does the process have a name?

David BIrch (sky718) said : #2

Process name ; (no entry/blank)
user ; root
status ; sleeping
%cpu ; 0
Nice ; 0
ID ; (various)
memory ; N/A
waiting channel; (no entry/blank)

I had thought the changing ID might mean many different processes, but at reboot or shut down I often get " Unknown process running, shutdown anyway?".

zvacet (ivicakolic) said : #3

In terminal type

top

and then you can see all running apps and services

David BIrch (sky718) said : #4

Nautilus has been playing up too. This command would let me start it: killall nautilus && nautilus &
I got so irritated by that, that I installed dolphin, now all seems to be well.