[Mageia-discuss] Use of resources by TB on my main Mageia box

Marc Paré marc at marcpare.com
Wed Nov 7 20:07:48 CET 2012

Hi Remmy,

Le 2012-11-07 06:08, Remco Rijnders a écrit :
> On Wed, Nov 07, 2012 at 05:18:27AM -0500, Marc wrote in
> <k7dchi$7lc$1 at ger.gmane.org>:
>> I was just wondering if there was an easy fix to this.
>> I use Thunderbird on my main box to help run a webzine. I have
>> Thunderbird receiving and fetching mail from various locations and
>> receive approximately over +1500 emails per day (some days 3,000). So,
>> Thunderbird is pretty busy.
>> When I monitor the use of resources, TB can go from using practically
>> no resources to 80-90% resources. This has the effect of making my
>> Mageia box "freeze" temporarily when TB is gobbling up a lot of
>> resources. I have been ignoring this when working with other software
>> as I know that 5-6 seconds later TB generally releases enough
>> resources for the other programmes to work. The whole setup makes for
>> a lot of hiccups when in use. Although, the board is really reliable.
>> My Mobo: ASRock K8Upgrade-VM800
>> RAM: 2 gig (Mobo RAM max is 2 gig so I can't add more)
>> AGP Card: GeForce 7300GT
>> I usually need the following software open to work with:
>> FF
>> KWrite
>> Skype
>> Pidgin
>> I know that a new mobo with more RAM would fix this, but is there a
>> way to make the box work with less interruptions? Are there any other
>> options/tricks other than replacing the box?
> Hi Marc,
> Have you tried lowering the priority of the thunderbird process? See
> 'man nice' for how to do this.
> Remmy

Thanks for the reply.

No, I haven't tried this. Is there a way to do this with some kind of 
GUI piece of software? I usually try to find ways to work on Mageia in a 
way that any user could manage; most users will prefer to do this in a 



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