Bug 703498 - Please make gnome-screensaver less memory-hungry
Please make gnome-screensaver less memory-hungry
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-screensaver (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
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Reported: 2011-05-10 10:26 EDT by Denys Vlasenko
Modified: 2012-08-07 14:22 EDT (History)
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Description Denys Vlasenko 2011-05-10 10:26:03 EDT
While Gnome screensaver is not running, it does not need to be in the memory.

Here's the experiment "how much memory will be freed if I kill gnome-screensaver?"

$ cat /proc/meminfo | grep MemFree; killall gnome-screensaver; sleep 2; cat /proc/meminfo | grep MemFree
MemFree:          327212 kB
MemFree:          339320 kB

Answer: 12 megabytes. I consider it to be wasteful to constantly use 12mb of RAM for a program which does nothing but waits.

If gnome-screensaver can't be run on demand, I suggest splitting executable into two: one which just waits for inactivity timeout and then execs the second, bigger one. The second one is a screensaver animation program per se.

Since first executable is likely to be very simple, it will likely to have much (orders of magnitude) smaller memory footprint.
Comment 1 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2011-06-21 11:56:29 EDT
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Comment 2 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2011-06-21 11:59:39 EDT
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