Bug 1464632 - Mousepad does not handle multiple windows and lengthy runs very well
Mousepad does not handle multiple windows and lengthy runs very well
Status: NEW
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mousepad (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Kevin Fenzi
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2017-06-23 21:04 EDT by Kyle Marek
Modified: 2018-01-19 14:36 EST (History)
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Description Kyle Marek 2017-06-23 21:04:51 EDT
Description of problem:
Mousepad uses 100% of a single virtual processor when many windows are open. Mousepad slowly consumes more memory at a rate relative to the amount of windows that are open (or attempted to be opened). Mousepad becomes unresponsive during the 100% CPU usage episodes and often does not become operational again, making users lose anything that was not saved. Sometimes mousepad will open new windows with the title of "Untitled 1" during these episodes, as if they've decided to run independent of the master process (a kind of response to D-Bus timeout?)

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How reproducible:

Steps to prepare live environment (if environment is suspected):
1. Run: wget https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/25/Spins/x86_64/iso/Fedora-Xfce-Live-x86_64-25-1.3.iso
2. Run the following on a host with a hardware-accelerated hypervisor:
qemu-system-x86_64 \
    -nodefaults \
    -nodefconfig \
    -no-user-config \
    -machine q35,accel=kvm \
    -cpu qemu64 \
    -smp cores=1 \
    -m 1G \
    -device virtio-vga \
    -device virtio-net-pci,netdev=eth0 -netdev user,id=eth0 \
    -device virtio-scsi-pci,id=scsi \
    -device scsi-disk,bus=scsi.0,drive=cdrom0 -drive file="Fedora-Xfce-Live-x86_64-25-1.3.iso",format=raw,media=cdrom,id=cdrom0,if=none \
    -monitor stdio
3. Maximize QEMU window before guest initializes a framebuffer if you want more screen space.
4. Run in guest: sudo dnf install -y mousepad

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run: for i in $(seq 1 10); do mousepad & sleep 1; done

Actual results:
Mousepad will open ~5 windows, consume 100% CPU, struggle to open more windows, slowly leak memory, and spews the following onto the terminal:

(mousepad:10543): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_variant_new_string: assertion 'string != NULL' failed

(mousepad:10543): GtkSourceView-CRITICAL **: gtk_source_style_scheme_get_id: assertion 'GTK_IS_SOURCE_STYLE_SCHEME (scheme)' failed

(mousepad:10543): GtkSourceView-CRITICAL **: gtk_source_style_scheme_manager_get_scheme: assertion 'scheme_id != NULL' failed

Expected results:
Mousepad opens 10 windows that are all responsive and functional. Mousepad will not leak memory. Mousepad will use a reasonable amount of CPU.

Additional info:
While the bug is not isolated to usage in a VM, I gave instructions for my test in a VM to create a more reproducible environment. VM memory may need to be increased if memory leak makes live environment lock up (oom-killer doesn't seem to work as well in Fedora's live environments).

In the VM, I also get the following output from mousepad on terminals:

(mousepad:2056): dconf-WARNING **: failed to commit changes to dconf: GDBus.Error:org.gtk.GDBus.UnmappedGError.Quark._g_2dfile_2derror_2dquark.Code8: Failed to create file '/home/liveuser.config/dconf/user.GRR72Y': Read-only file system

I believe it is due to the live system implementation. Fedora's live systems are currently rw device mapper snapshots on top of a ro ext4 image. When there is less RAM allocated to overlay the ext4 image than there is free space in the image, Linux device mapper will stop writing and return I/O errors instead, putting the file systems in ro.

When watching top output, I noticed that dconf-service also uses a lot of CPU. On physical hosts (not subject to a read-only file system), I've noticed a consistent 1-2 MiB/s of disk usage that occurs as long as Mousepad is in the 100% CPU condition, and disappears upon killing dconf-service (usually also crashing mousepad).

Since opening many windows locks the main mousepad process, I attempted to work around the issue with mousepad --disable-server, and have found that these independent processes also leak memory with absolutely no activity happening. I observed this in a test where I pasted about 4 MiB of text into 6 mousepad windows: 3 running normal mousepad (shared main process) and 3 --disable-server'd instances, and let them run over the course of the day. Eventually, my 8 GiB of free memory was allocated and 2 GiB of swap was used. I decided to stop the test. Upon killing each of the --disable-server'd instances, something like 5% of my 16 GB of memory was freed for each one (5% being (.05*(16*1000^3))/(1024^2)=762.94 MiB).
Comment 1 Kevin Fenzi 2017-06-24 10:24:19 EDT
So, would you be willing to file this upstream? Or would you like me to do so?

Note that mousepad is pretty inactive upstream these days (last release was about 3 years ago). We have also dropped it a while back from the default package set in the Xfce spin.
Comment 2 Kyle Marek 2017-06-24 16:33:19 EDT
I would think there's a lack of changes upstream because the application is so simple, but there are a lot of bugs on the Xfce bug tracker regarding Mousepad.

Regarding filing upstream, I think this bug is of the same issue: https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12134

It looks like the memory leak is connected, too: https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12134#c12
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