List view: scrolling a directory with thumbnails leaks memory

Bug #1264539 reported by Doug McMahon on 2013-12-27
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When using list view & scrolling in a dir. that contains thumbnails nautilus increases mem use at about 1-3 mb per scroll

Test case:
open a well populated folder in list view (tree enabled or not), that contains thumbnailed files & is scrollable.
Each scroll up or down will increase nautilus's mem use

Attached log reflects opening nautilus, switching to list view & scrolling up & down in Videos folder, about 1 scroll up/down every 2-3 sec's

Currently seen in 13.10, 14.04 & fedora20
Also seen in nemo

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: nautilus 1:3.8.2-0ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.12.0-7.15-generic 3.12.4
Uname: Linux 3.12.0-7-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.12.7-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Fri Dec 27 10:26:44 2013
 b'org.gnome.nautilus.list-view' b'use-tree-view' b'true'
 b'org.gnome.nautilus.list-view' b'default-column-order' b"['name', 'size', 'type', 'date_modified', 'owner', 'group', 'permissions', 'mime_type', 'where']"
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-12-25 (1 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Alpha amd64 (20131224)
SourcePackage: nautilus
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :
Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :
Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :

The same is seen with nemo so maybe this is a gtk3 issue

description: updated
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue you are reporting is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug to the developers of the software by following the instructions at If you have done so, please tell us the number of the upstream bug (or the link), so we can add a bugwatch that will inform us about its status. Thanks in advance.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :


Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Doug McMahon (mc3man) on 2014-10-31
tags: added: utopic vivid
Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
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