F-spot leaks huge amount of memory while importing pictures

Bug #487191 reported by zp on 2009-11-23
This bug affects 1 person
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f-spot (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: f-spot

When importing F-spot chokes on one file and then starts using some 1.5Gb of memory making the computer unresponsive.

I re-saved the image in question in GIMP (jpg, 100% quality; it really is the same image but just re-saved) and it imported without problems.
Here is a link to the image in question (1.7MB):


ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Nov 23 17:52:51 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.5)
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: f-spot
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-14.48-generic
SourcePackage: f-spot
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-14-generic i686

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

please attach that image to the report, thanks.

Changed in f-spot (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete

This is strange. Now F-spot has no problem importing the image from the imgur.com link in my bug report.

Changed in f-spot (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Steffen Sindzinski (stesind) wrote :

I know this bug is just for one file but on normal computers like a dual core with 2 gig RAM an import of 15.000 photos is not possible because all available RAM and swap is eaten by the import. I think this is not necessary because during the first step of the import photos are already imported to the photo folder and added to the database. After this the program starts to ask which photos should be imported.

A better process would be just to load the thumbs but not to copy the photos and not to add it to the database. This would accelerate the import.

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