Login Window process: 4.76GB??

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by iOrbit, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. iOrbit macrumors 6502a

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    this process is taking up 4.76 GB, i have never seen it before. i tried quiting it in the activity monitor but it wont quit, what the hell?

    i installed java 7.0 last night, has this got something to do with it?
     
  2. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    It does not have to do with java. Here is part of what it does:
    This is only partly a user process -- it starts before anyone logs into the computer, and is responsible for displaying the login screen (or not, if autologin is set), validating login attempts, and setting up the user environment (launching the Finder, Dock, any login apps, etc) at login. It also acts as a process monitor for user processes, restarts the Finder or Dock if they crash, and implements the Force Quit Applications window. Finally, it handles the logout, restart, and shutdown procedures.

    Did you force quit it or just quit it?
    You can always use terminal
    sudo killall loginwindow
     
  3. iOrbit thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i restarted and it went away, i don't have any idea why it happened, i'v used my computer in that boot exactly the same way i have for weeks at least.
     
  4. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    Glad it fixed itself, sometimes processes get out of control. Quitting them or rebooting fixes most of the time.
     

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