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There is a process called find in my activity monitor thats using 20% of my CPU - what is this and why is it using so much?
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I'm not positive, but I think find is what Spotlight uses to index the hard drive.

I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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/usr/bin/find

It's a UNIX command used to search through an entire, or just part of a, system to find a specific file, or anything matching a pattern. I know that Delocalizer uses it when it's trying to find things, but I don't know of any other program offhand that does. Although, due to its nature, I highly doubt that Spotlight would be using it. It would most likely run updatedb, then use the locate database to make its own.

The gist of this: Doubtful (But not impossible) that Spotlight would use it. Do you have any other programs running at the same time that would be looking for something? Anything at all?

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find, sort, tr using up 35% of CPU...

I had a similar problem. Bottom line: it isn't anything to worry about, and as well, it is transient - it only runs for a short duration and then ceases.

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