Well, right now I’m using Chrome and the system is reasonably fast. Is it Firefox? Is it the extensions I have installed? Is it because I just rebooted the laptop?
– Alex Schroeder 2017-02-07 21:20 UTC
There are a number of processes after reboot that clean-up caches of various things, perhaps those grinding concurrently are what’s running the load up?
– Kris Browne 2017-02-09 19:49 UTC
PhysMem: 4130M used (1380M wired), 220M unused. There is a lot of the memory being used…
Funny thing is, I had persistent-Firefox-although-terminated problems on Windows 7, too, but it’s a thing of the past. Could this be a firefox problem cross-platform if you use an older version?
– Rorschachhamster 2017-02-09 21:45 UTC
@Kris: Possibly. Sadly I can’t open a terminal window and run top while it grinding at the beginning. I’d need to see something in the logs but I’m not sure what to look for, or how to monitor that.
@Rorschachhamster: I think I’m always upgrading my browsers when new versions come out, so I don’t think that’s it. But then again, fixing the problem on Windows doesn’t mean it’s necessarily gone on the Mac.
Haven’t been running Firefox in a while and the system feels better. Installed uBlock Origin and uBlock Origin Extra. Some of my favorite extensions are still missing (recovery of text areas, Privacy Badger), but I’ll get there, eventually.
– Alex Schroeder 2017-02-10 06:58 UTC
Turn off auto-login temporarily, and SSH in from another device to run top (or htop if you build/brew it)? That’s how I found the above mentioned processes.
– Kris Browne 2017-02-10 20:04 UTC
Ah, good point!
– AlexSchroeder 2017-02-11 10:43 UTC
I also ordered top by vsize and killed Dropbox because it was first or second and using 470MB.
– AlexSchroeder 2017-02-11 10:45 UTC
I’ve been using the laptop for a bit now with Chrome instead of Firefox and it has never been sluggish and fast enough when starting up. Not sure yet how it will fare once we switched users back and forth a few times but for the moment I’m happy and I didn’t even have to watch processes using a remote.
– Alex Schroeder 2017-02-12 12:48 UTC