Bug 995799 - GNOME Shell: memory leak on background change
GNOME Shell: memory leak on background change
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-shell (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
unspecified Severity high
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Assigned To: Owen Taylor
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-08-11 04:42 EDT by Mattia M.
Modified: 2015-02-17 11:42 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2015-02-17 11:42:35 EST
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Description Mattia M. 2013-08-11 04:42:09 EDT
Description of problem:
RAM consumption of GNOME Shell increases by a large amount every time the background image is changed.
E.g., at startup GNOME Shell takes up ~ 150 MB RAM. After a single change of background image, RAM usage may increase to ~ 400 MB.
RAM never gets freed. Actually, each successive background change causes a further increase in memory usage (by ~ 100 MB or even ~ 300 MB), up to total exhaustion of available RAM.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start GNOME Shell
2. Change background image through the GNOME settings panel or through "gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background ..."

Actual results:
A large increase in RAM usage.

Expected results:
RAM increase should not be so substantial or it should be just temporary.

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Comment 1 kaan metin 2013-12-07 12:46:56 EST
This bug is present not only in fedora but in other linux distros(ubuntu, debian, arch, sabayon). When background is changed either manually from command line using gsettings or from a script or program, memory usage is increased significantly. In addition when gnome-shell is restarted using "alt+r" memory usage decreases greatly.
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