Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 995799
GNOME Shell: memory leak on background change
Last modified: 2015-02-17 11:42:35 EST
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.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start GNOME Shell
2. Change background image through the GNOME settings panel or through "gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background ..."
A large increase in RAM usage.
RAM increase should not be so substantial or it should be just temporary.
Additional info: -
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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