Inkjet9 and cupsd runaway processes
Today my computer was running hot all day, fans buzzing wildly. Honestly I didn’t think too much of it since I was working with the iPhone simulator and just assumed that that was the cause.
After taking some time off to play with the dog, I came back to it still buzzing loudly. I checked my iStat Menu to see what processes were taking up the most resources and saw ‘cupsd’. Google told me it was related to my printer. But I couldn’t kill the process for the life of me. I tried killall, kill -9, and the activity monitor. Nothing.
In activity monitor I saw another process Inkjet9 that was taking up even more resources. And there were two of them! Google didn’t have anything to say about Inkjet9. I couldn’t killall or kill -9 this one because it didn’t show up in my ps -A. I was able to kill it in Activity monitor, but it just respawned. And to top it off, restarting my computer didn’t help either.
Uh oh … I’ve been hacked. At least that’s what my initial thought was.
What I did find with my ps -A was a few print jobs that I had sent off this morning to my wireless HP printer. Yup, and they had never printed. I was able to kill all the specific print job related tasks and that took care of the rest of the runaway processes.
It is a good thing my aging laptop didn’t fry after running hot for some 8 hours. Eh, then I could’ve bought a new one… hah.
Anyway. Since nothing showed up for my Google on Inkjet9, I wanted to write a little post incase someone else had the same random problem I did. It makes me scratch my head why Inkjet9 showed up in iStat Menu and Activity Monitor but not in ps -A. I have no idea.
Hope this helps!