[vdr] vdr-kbd eats cpu

Andre Bischof a.bischof at gmx.net
Sun Jan 15 16:11:10 CET 2006

Andre Bischof wrote:
> Hello,
> from one day to another my vdr (1.3.31) stopped working. It seems to be 
> running fine as nothing appears in the logfiles (started with -l 3 6), 
> but I have no video/sound and top shows a vdr-kbd eating cpu.
> I don't know how to track this, maybe I could try something with strace 
> (how?)? Or could I check DVB-functions on hardware level?
> In the meantime between running and running I installed some debs, but 
> as far as I know nothing which should interfere with vdr.
> Any suggestions what I could do?

Talking to myself:

I couldn't really track down this error, but I installed almost 
everything new, thus now running vdr 1.3.38 with only dxr3 and remote 
plugins. I have it working, with video/audio, but vdr keeps eating alot 
ressources, more than it took before, see top:

top - 16:01:32 up 22:55,  8 users,  load average: 2.86, 2.43, 1.48
Tasks: 192 total,   2 running, 189 sleeping,   0 stopped,   1 zombie
Cpu(s):  4.8% us, 58.7% sy,  0.1% ni,  0.0% id, 35.8% wa,  0.1% hi,
0.5% si
Mem:    906588k total,   897272k used,     9316k free,   191060k buffers
Swap:  2088440k total,      124k used,  2088316k free,    97000k cached

  6943 vdr       16   0 45020  16m 2760 S 60.9  1.9   6:57.85 vdr

There's harddisk activity all the time when I start vdr, could it be 
that this comes from reading my video dir (about 80GB, there is s.th. in 
the logs saying:

Jan 15 15:50:24 linux vdr[6943]: loading ./keymacros.conf
Jan 15 15:50:24 linux vdr[6943]: video directory scanner thread started 
(pid=6943, tid=6944)
Jan 15 15:50:24 linux vdr[6943]: video directory scanner thread started 
(pid=6943, tid=6945)
Jan 15 15:50:24 linux vdr[6943]: reading EPG data from /video/epg.data

I really would like to know what vdr (6943, see top) is doing exactly, 
but I don't know how - anyone who could give me a hint? If you'd like 
more information, please let me know.

Thanks in advance for helping,

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