awk script starts at every boot

Alan alan+crux at
Thu Nov 29 12:05:19 UTC 2012

> Hello
> I noticed high hard drive activity at the first 1-2 minutes just after
> boot into bash shell.
> Executing "top" command I can see that "awk" program do something at
> about 40% cpu load.
> I extracted part of awk script which "awk" program executed, using "ps
> aux | grep awk". (See below)
> Can anyone explain this strange (for me) behaviour?
> What exactly do this script? Could it be some cron job?

It's probably the makewhatis program.
Read the man page, find out if you need it or not, if not, disable it.

Best regards,


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