gnome terminal consisitently stops accepting keyboard input after using it for a day or two

Bug #799019 reported by Edward Ross on 2011-06-18
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME Terminal
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-terminal

This always happens after using a terminal for a day or so. The behavior, to me, looks like consistent with a some kind of a memory leak. All the click-able stuff still responds but resetting the terminal has no effect. The only workaround is to close the terminal and start a new one. The problem seems to be related to the level of activity in the terminal - when I open several of them at the same time, it is always the one being used the most that craps out.
Any ideas? Is there anything I can do to help with this issue?

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: gnome-terminal 2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-28.50-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-28-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: amd64
Date: Fri Jun 17 18:43:35 2011
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/gnome-terminal
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal

Edward Ross (rummagebox) wrote :
Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

I am seeing the same problem recently (after upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04).

I have reported the issue in the GNOME bugtracker at:

Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

In case this still happens to you: you could get an strace log using the following command:

    sudo strace -f -p $(pgrep gnome-terminal) -o /tmp/gnome-terminal-strace.txt

Abort it after a few seconds and then attach it here.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Daniel Hahler (blueyed) on 2014-05-23
Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in gnome-terminal:
importance: Unknown → High
status: Unknown → New
Paul White (paulw2u) on 2019-01-03
tags: added: trusty
removed: maverick
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