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process "v86d" taking 99% cpu

Postby pindar on Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:46 pm


I installed LMDE 201303. There was a small bug in the installation (after writing fstab, I couldn't click the "forward" button), but I'm now booted into my system, and most things appear to work well. One thing that was a bit bizarre: there was a mysterious process "v86d" which took 97–99 % of my cpu. Even after some searching on the web, I couldn't figure out what I did, so I just tried and killed it manually. The system seems unaffected, and the process hasn't come back to haunt me, but I was wondering – does anyone know what it is and why it misbehaves?
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Re: process "v86d" taking 99% cpu

Postby zerozero on Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:06 pm

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zerozero@solydk ~ $ apt show v86d
Package: v86d
New: yes
State: installed
Automatically installed: no
Version: 0.1.10-1
Priority: optional
Section: utils
Maintainer: Evgeni Golov <>
Architecture: amd64
Uncompressed Size: 102 k
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.2.5), libx86-1 (>= 0.99-1)
Recommends: initramfs-tools
Conflicts: v86d
Description: daemon to run x86 code in an emulated environment
v86d provides a backend for kernel drivers that need to execute x86 BIOS code.
The code is executed in a controlled environment and the results are passed
back to the kernel via the netlink interface.

v86d is needed by the uvesafb kernel module.

it's only needed by plymouth when running live, you can safely remove it after installation

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Re: process "v86d" taking 99% cpu

Postby pindar on Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:06 am

Thank you for the info, I will remove the package then!
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