Workaround for gnome-appearance-properties using 100% CPU even after exiting

I’m using Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron and whenever I change the wallpaper or theme using the Right Click -> Change Desktop background, the CPU usage goes upto 100% in the System Monitor. Even after exiting the ‘Appearance Preferences’ the process ‘gnome-appearance-properties’ persists in the memory consuming the CPU. You’ve to manually kill the process to make the CPU load to normal.

After searching the bug in launchpad, I found that the issue is not fixed yet. But there is a workaround for solving the problem. You’ve to delete the .gtkrc-2.0 configuration file in your home directory. After doing this logout and login. The issue is fixed now. The CPU load becomes normal.

rm -r ~/.gtkrc-2.0

For more information about the Bug [Visit Lauchpad]

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One response to “Workaround for gnome-appearance-properties using 100% CPU even after exiting

  1. Marshall Neill

    Worked perfectly. I had problems with selecting themes. System would basically ‘hang’ due to 100% CPU usage on both cores. Controls in theme were all ‘?’s 3 appearance-properties running. Real mess. Just renamed .gtkrc-2.0 and everything is now great. I was just about to do a re-install so thank you, this saved me a lot of time.
    PS; And this solution still works 4 1/2 yrs later.

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