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I have a process called "java" showing up in my Activity Monitor that uses a good amount of CPU (4 - 8% average, 20 - 80% on occasion). It reports that "launchd" is its parent process.

Any idea what this is? I used this command to try to see what's going on (can't find where I found it at), but got no useful information (although a LOT is going on): sudo fs_usage -w -f filesys java

If I kill it; it comes back... and it uses a good amount of memory again. Some screenshots of stats can be seen below:

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And this is why you should use the image upload functionality of this site; these images aren't deleted... –  Daniel Beck Sep 8 '11 at 2:42

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Pretty much all processes on OS X are launched by launchd (just open Activity Monitor and display All Processes Hierarchically). This is the root launchd though, which hints at a launchd job in [/System]/Library/LaunchDaemons or [/System]/Library/LaunchAgents.

If you don't want to search the plist files for launchd, you can open Terminal and run ps axv | grep java or ps vp 3173 (or whatever its process ID is right then) to see the command line arguments to java, which should specify which Java application (e.g. jar) is actually used for that process.

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Thank you! The ps axv command showed me what I needed. Turns out it's part of my CrashPlan backup. –  drewjoh May 12 '11 at 6:46
    
Same here! CrashPlan is the culprit. –  daviesgeek Jul 27 '12 at 6:56
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and Crashplan here too. Back to Backblaze for me... –  andybak Oct 27 '12 at 9:22

Quite late to the party, but since CrashPlan has not fixed this in nearly 2 years, I found an interesting approach to a workaround:

http://www.chainsawonatireswing.com/2012/04/08/how-to-use-crashplan-but-keep-the-java-process-from-constantly-using-ridiculous-amounts-of-ram/

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