Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

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swan
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Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

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Since switched from mint 8 to mint 12, I see a memory hog. When I start in the morning, memory usage is about 640 MB. In the evening, after 10-12 hours, memory usage goes up to 2.2 GB and more. The processes, that uses large amounts of memory, are gnome processes. After a reboot memory usage is again 640 MB. Has someone else also seen this?
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Re: Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

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Since switched from mint 8 to mint 12, I see a memory hog. When I start in the morning, memory usage is about 640 MB.
That alone right there is a problem! I have yet to see RAM usage past 280MB idle on Gnome (I'm on Mint 9). Which processes exactly consumes so large amounts of mem, can you list a few?
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Re: Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

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gnome-shell is a main consumer. At the moment it uses 133MB after 2 hours up time, and as I watch, it increases about 1 MB/minute or faster.
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Re: Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

Post by sagirfahmid3 »

Pssh...of course! It's gnome3, that's lame...
There's many people with the same problem as yours. Apparently, there's some sort of memory leak bug in the gnome3 shell:
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=116532
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Re: Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

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Yes, thanks, It is also in gnome's bug list:
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=642652
I shall try to switch to xfce or an other windows manager.
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Re: Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

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I have found, one can kill using system monitor gnome-shell. Existing processes remain alive. Gnome-shell then restarts instantly with size of 19MB.
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Re: Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

Post by ukirik »

I have the same problem on my workstation, after a couple of days gnome-shell ends up eating 800+ MBs. I believe it's a memory leak there are several seemingly different bug reports both on MInt Launchpad (e.g. https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/930402), and Gnome bugzilla (e.g. https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=642652).

Some simple fixes to release that memory include an X-restart, or simply Alt-F2, type r, and press return. Note that these are not true solutions to the underlying problem but just ways of avoiding larger problems.

If anyone comes by a better description/explanation of the problem, or a better solution, please do tell..
Best regards,
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Re: Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

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I never experienced this ( Actually i am almost never use MGSE ) . I use LM12 with Cinnamon/MATE , open Firefox with 5 tab just consume 270 MB RAM.
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Re: Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

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This Gnome 3 issue has been surfacing since the start of 2011.
I wonder if the next up and coming Mint LTS version will continue with the Gnome 3 legacy.
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Re: Memory hog in gnome at mint 12.

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Switching to cinnamon (as simple as installing from software manager) eliminates this problem. I recall someone mentioned (on another thread here) that MInt developers had left Gnome and were working on cinnamon. While I cannot confirm that, I can confirm that using Cinnamon has been infinitely more stable so far :)
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