Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 84444
gnome terminal & gnome-system-monitor consume memory
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:05 EDT
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Description of problem:
I am having problems in runlevel 5 with my terminal window. I launch
system monitor application and keep an eye on it as I work in my
window (gnome terminal). After launching gnome terminal I cd to a
where I am working and I bzcat a large tar file. I can see the gnome
consuming more and more memory. I issue some commands to make an
and I can see gnome terminal consuming upwards of 650 MB of memory (I
MB of RAM). At this point the CPU% for kswapd is above 50% and the
becomes unresponsive. Mouse clicks, keyboard, Ctrl-Alt-F1, F2, F3, F6
effect and I have to reboot.
I have installed 8.0 on a new Dell 2350 Dimension system with 1.7 Ghz
processor. The system has an Intel integrated 3D AGP graphics card
845GL chipset) which is not supported by 8.0, so I disabled the
card in my bios and installed an old S3 Trio 64V+ video card. In the
configuration I have specified the S3 Trio 64v+ card with 1 MG memory.
changed my resolution down to 640X400 and changed colors to 15 bit.
tried "setterm -blank 0".
Further investigation determines that
even without a terminal window running, gnome-system-monitor's memory
consumption increases steadily. Even when I am not doing anything on the
but watching the system monitor application (no mouse movement or keyboard
I changed to runlevel 3 in order to continue to work in my text-based terminal
and everything I've been doing is working fine there. I am doing some pretty big
compiles and they are
running VERY quickly in the text-based terminal.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
2. watch system monitor application
Actual Results: gnome terminal and or gnome-system-monitor consume huge amounts
of memory until system becomes unresponsive
Expected Results: much productive work
The reason that I have submitted this is because redhat support asked me to. See
the service request:
Incident Number: 228269
Customer Name: ROBIN CLARK
Customer Number: 455699
Date Opened: Feb 15, 2003 16:29
Date Changed: Feb 17, 2003 01:04
Red Hat Tech: Philip
Our latest response:
I suggest posting a bug report to our bugtracking system in order for
developers to be informed about this behaviour of the gnome-terminal
We apologize for the inconvenience.
I can't imagine that this is a bug. I think that it is a problem with my
configuration. What can I do to obtain more diagnostic information so that I
can fix this problem? Thank you.
Try Xft packages at ftp://people.redhat.com/hp/testing/
they should fix the issue.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 76219 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.