What is the 'whoopsie' process and how can I remove it?
On one of my machines I have a process running called "whoopsie". I'm running 12.04 server and never specifically installed anything with this name.
Google seems to imply that it has something to with error logs but I'm not finding too much information. The fact that I didn't manually install it and the 3 other servers I checked did in fact have no such running process OR executable made me a bit confused.
Does anyone know what the "whoopsie" process is?
Does anyone know what packages might have installed it? The server is quite plain, it has a LAMP stack, Samba and print servers and the Nagios NRPE plugin, nothing more installed, just standing there being a nice backup-server.
Some more info:
$ whoopsie -h Usage: whoopsie [OPTION...] Help Options: -h, --help Show help options Application Options: -f, --foreground Run in the foreground
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND whoopsie 913 0.0 0.4 24448 2092 ? Ssl May07 0:00 whoopsie
$ sudo cat /etc/passwd | grep whoop whoopsie:x:107:118::/nonexistent:/bin/false
I got rid of it in a config file following these instructions http://mschoofs.blogspot.it/2015/11/unknown-username-whoopsie-in-message.html
What's whoopsie ?
- It's the "Ubuntu Error Reporting" daemon, and is installed by default in both desktop/server installations.
- When something crashes, whoopsie does two things:
Whoopsie won't send your crash reports without your permission!
As Evan explains in his answer below, the actual transmission of crash data occurs only if you permit it via the graphical dialog (see below), or for a CLI server, explicitly run
How do I disable it on my desktop?
GNOME Shell (Ubuntu 17.10+)
Unity (Ubuntu before 17.04)
Go to Settings...Privacy...
And in the Diagnostics Tab, uncheck the Send Error Reports to Canonical option:
How do I disable it on a server or via the command-line?
- Just change the
- Then bid farewell to whoopsie with
sudo service whoopsie stop.
`apt-file search /woopsie` results the `woopsie` package. As shown using `apt-cache rdepends whoopsie` and `apt-cache show ubuntu-desktop`, `ubuntu-desktop` recommends it.
I believe it's installed by default as part of the desktop/server installs; I haven't seen it with the `expert-cli` server or alternate installs though.
Hmm, so it shouldn't be on there if this is a clean `server` install. I'll have to check my sources, and what the history of this thing is. I'll just uninstall it probably, unless there is something against that?
I just did a clean install of 12.04 Server and it was installed automatically.
I just got a root server with a pretty-much vanilla server install, probably not expert mode but without any stuff installed (not even ntp), and got whoopsie. Did in fact get apt-get rid of it, thanks for the wonderful term :)
Whoopsie is part of the Ubuntu error tracker. It takes the crash reports that apport creates and presents whenever an application fails and sends them to a Canonical server for further processing. The data collected from these reports help us prioritize and track the most pressing issues:
The small whoopsie daemon process is run by default on both Ubuntu desktop and server installations. It will only send reports out if you explicitly approve this in the dialog that appears on desktop installs, or in the case of the server, manually run
You can disable it by going into System Settings -> Privacy -> Diagnostics and unchecking the box labelled "Send error reports to Canonical."
To disable it on Ubuntu Server, edit the
/etc/default/whoopsiefile and change
false, then run
sudo stop whoopsie.
Note that if you do this, we will not be made aware of the problems affecting your computer and may be unable to fix them. I talk about how we use your data to make Ubuntu better in this video:
I find it strange that it is default part of ubuntu-server? If anything, my headless server doesn't have a "system settings->privacy" . THe frivolous name made me wonder what it was, as I didn't expect it in the server version, but it seems to come default, so I'll live with having to stop it :)
this "small whoopsie daemon" takes up over 50% of my RAM and 90% of a single CPU core
So whose _insane_ idea was it to install a daemon with such a frivolous name (and to make it report by default! - I had reporting turned off on 13.10, and it's back with 14.04!). I know there's a long tradition of frivolous program names in Unix, but at first glance this looks like malware.
`/etc/default/whoopsie` does not exist in 16.04. The only way to stop whoopsie is to uninstall it.
@Auspex Same kind of people that decided "Dr. Watson" was a great name for MS Windows' error reporting.
@Tsaukpaetra Well, no. "Dr. Watson" gives you at least a hint of what it's doing (and iirc it does it in the foreground). It's this silly name operating in the background that makes people think it's malware.
$ apt --simulate purge whoopsie The following packages will be REMOVED whoopsie* $ apt purge whoopsie
I've had no problems as I am in the process of building my own Ubuntu Desktop but so far that thing keeps crashing my system, but now I have got rid of it :)
It being a crash reporting tool, I suspect it simply shows up after other things crash, it's unlikely that such a simple tool could be the actual cause of the crash.
It's like saying "Mozilla Crash Reporter crashed firefox". Whoopsie is a crash reporting tool, so probably when some other thing crashed, whoopsie offered to send a report.
It's Canonical's error reporting daemon.
The off-putting thing about is that you are not even asked if you want it installed, which isn't so nice if your on a budget server hardware wise
apt-get -s purge
doesn't seem to actually deinstall the daemon, just shows you that it is there if you want to purge it
did the trick on my 13.04 server install
how nice, a down vote without an explanation. Would you mind to elaborate as to why you down voted? Was it because I don't like a process running on my servers that automatically sends data about the system without my approval? Was it because I criticised Canonical for that? Was it because apt-get purge DOES deinstall it and the package and I made an error here? If you know more about the matter please share your insights! Especially as the post I was referring to was changed to reflect my own findings.
I can only guess, but I think your answer was voted down because it was not a complete answer (your commands are incomplete, at least). Another reason could be that you were commenting on another answer as an answer, rather than writing a comment on the answer as would have been appropriate.
Whoopsie has a list of dependencies, and they are redundant without Whoopsie Synaptic Package Manager does the trick
Search > Whoopsie
Mark for Complete Removalall the
lib_*whoopsie related packages.
If you went the
sudo apt-get -s purge whoopsieroute, don't forget to
sudo apt autoremoveafter that to get all the packages flushed.
sudo apt-get updateafter everything and then
service --status-allto verify that 'whoopsie' isn't on your system.