Gnome shell huge memory usage

Bug #1731071 reported by florin on 2017-11-08
This bug affects 23 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-shell (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have no idea why, but after half a day or so of usage, gnome-shell uses 1.4 GB of memory. I have never seen an OS where the shell is so "hungry", there seem to be lots of memory leaks. Good the system has 12 GB of RAM, otherwise I would have lots of swap. Unity never did not do things like this, I really hope there will be a fix soon.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
Package: gnome-shell 3.26.1-0ubuntu5
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-16.19-generic 4.13.4
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-16-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3.1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Thu Nov 9 01:32:07 2017
DisplayManager: gdm3
 b'' b'enabled-extensions' b"['<email address hidden>', '<email address hidden>', '<email address hidden>', '<email address hidden>', 'gnomeGlobalAppMenu@lestcape']"
 b'' b'favorite-apps' b"['org.gnome.Nautilus.desktop', 'chromium-browser.desktop', 'firefox.desktop', 'google-chrome.desktop', 'org.gnome.Terminal.desktop', 'update-manager.desktop', 'filezilla.desktop', 'org.gnome.Screenshot.desktop', 'org.kde.ksysguard.desktop']"
 b'org.gnome.desktop.interface' b'gtk-im-module' b"'gtk-im-context-simple'"
 b'org.gnome.desktop.interface' b'show-battery-percentage' b'true'
 b'org.gnome.desktop.interface' b'clock-show-date' b'true'
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-10-21 (18 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" - Release amd64 (20171018)
SourcePackage: gnome-shell
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

florin (florin-arjocu) wrote :
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug 1672297, so it is being marked as such. Please look at the other bug report to see if there is any missing information that you can provide, or to see if there is a workaround for the bug. Additionally, any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to continue to report any other bugs you may find.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Roland (roland-breedveld) wrote :

Same withe Ubuntu 17.10

 2810 roland 20 0 4164560 583452 88184 S 10,3 7,4 28:44.58 gnome-shell

Roberto Fasiani (mrzap000) wrote :

same here Ubuntu 17.10

10404 mrzap 20 0 6858556 3,119g 80124 S 2,7 40,4 27:19.28 gnome-shell

3Gb after 8 hours
every action increases the usage, as described by many users

changing wallpaper increases by 40Mb each time
I had "variety" changing wallpapers every 5 minutes, that's how I got to 3Gb in a few hours

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