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#1 2016-02-01 18:28:24

telis80
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Gnome Shell high memory problem

Hi, i think i have a memory leak, i have an Asus laptop(new) with a 4 GB ram. Right now i have only chrome open with about 7 tabs. Memory is at 95% and gnome-shell has 400+ MB memory. Is this something normal? Because some times it stucks really bad and i have to wait some time. I haven't installed gnome extensions. Can i do something to reduce memory?


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#2 2016-02-01 21:08:43

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Re: Gnome Shell high memory problem

Uninstall GNOME.

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#3 2016-02-01 21:19:40

telis80
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Re: Gnome Shell high memory problem

Head on a stick (Put your)


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#4 2016-02-01 22:45:37

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Re: Gnome Shell high memory problem

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fo … ther_users

Yes, HoaS's post was less than helpful.  But (a) they are amongst the most helpful members, and (b) they are, for all intents and purposes, correct.  Gnome currently is a lot buggier than its usual extreme bugginess.  Live with it and hope it gets better, fix it and submit patches upstream, or move on.


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#5 2016-02-02 00:50:06

V1del
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Re: Gnome Shell high memory problem

400MB doesn't sound like all that much for gnomeshell tbh, and chrome is a known memory hog, with its isolated tabs... you might want to give firefox a try it shouldn't be eating as much.

Last edited by V1del (2016-02-02 01:10:44)

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#6 2016-02-02 12:50:32

cafe
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Re: Gnome Shell high memory problem

Where do you read 95% of occupied memory ? Remember that buffers and cache are only kept in memory to speed up your system, but they can be replaced by running programs when you need it. You can verify your memory usage with `free -thw`

One software that comes with gnome that could cause stuttering is "tracker". When you first install your system and load it with your media files (music and video) tracker starts to index everything and that can be a bit long in the beginning but will eventually settle down.

Another source of stuttering could be your hard-drive. Sometimes I use archlinux on a pendrive, and in terms of speed, it sucks. Because of that my system stucks from time to time. But that's alright. I only use it in maintenance scenarios.

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#7 2016-02-02 14:32:17

telis80
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Re: Gnome Shell high memory problem

Thanks for the help guys, i read that memory is 95% in the system monitor. As time passes by the gnome memory gets larger. When i reset it, it is at 70 mb, after a while 250 mb and after some hours it reaches 400mb+. But the problem is that if i try to play a game like WoW, after some time and for no reason the whole thing freezes, and most of the times i can't use tty, so i have to hard reset and i'm trying to find a solution to that because 99% the problem is with memory.


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#8 2016-02-02 14:51:38

Alad
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Re: Gnome Shell high memory problem

There's a bunch of bug reports on this, most dead-ends:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1181309

Either try to run the thing through valgrind (maybe with a different distribution that provides debugging symbols, so you don't have to recompile everything), use one of the "conservative" DEs like MATE or XFCE, or a stand-alone window manager. Cinnamon and such have similar issues.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/De … nvironment

Also, get a swap partition or file.

Last edited by Alad (2016-02-02 14:54:12)


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#9 2016-02-02 18:25:38

Head_on_a_Stick
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Re: Gnome Shell high memory problem

telis80 wrote:

Head on a stick (Put your)

I apologise for my useless post, that was unfortunate. I shouldn't have clicked on "submit".

To analyse your memory usage I recommend ps_mem

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