What's this at-spi-registryd?

I was browsing my process table using prstat(1M) and noticed this particular process using a lot of resources: PID USERNAME SIZE RSS STATE PRI NICE TIME CPU PROCESS/NLWP ... 119004 jmcp 41M 5500K sleep 59 0 0:12:49 0.3% at-spi-registry/1 What is this at-spi-registry? It turns out that it's the daemon associated with the GNOME Accessibility Project A quick Goooooooogle for "at-spi registry" turned up this link which told me
[020] - GNOME Assistive Tech Service Provider Interface 1.1.9 by Tushar Teredesai (http://freshmeat.net/users/tusharteredesai/) Wednesday, April 2nd 2003 13:57 About: at-spi is a part of the Gnome Accessibility Project. It provides a Service Provider Interface for the Assistive Technologies available on the GNOME platform, and a library against which applications can be linked. License: GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) URL: http://freshmeat.net/projects/at-spi/
Ok, seems fair enough. But why on earth do I need this daemon running on my system? I certainly don't want it running. And why is it using nearly 12Mb for its heap? $ pmap 119004 119004: /usr/lib/at-spi-registryd --oaf-activate-iid=OAFIID:Accessibility_Regi 08041000 28K rwx-- [ stack ] 08050000 36K r-x-- /usr/lib/at-spi-registryd 08068000 8K rwx-- /usr/lib/at-spi-registryd 0806A000 3672K rwx-- [ heap ] 08400000 8192K rwx-- [ heap ] Yes I know that memory is cheap these days, but if I don't have to have something running, I generally won't run. Not happy Gnome!
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Lucky you, in ubuntu edgy mine seems to have found it's way to 250MB+. Time to find out how to disable this sucker. user 7112 0.0 16.8 322820 260088 ? S Nov23 0:57 /usr/lib/at-spi/at-spi-registryd --oaf-activate-iid=OAFIID:Accessibility_Registry:1.0 --oaf-ior-fd=33

Posted by Anonymous on November 26, 2006 at 12:24 PM EST #

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