Tumblerd used all available memory and swap

Bug #812519 reported by Josh McDougall on 2011-07-18
This bug affects 21 people
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tumbler (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I was looking at a directory on a fash drive that had amoung other things two jpeg2000 images (6gb each) and a bunch of pdf documents. I checked task viewer after the pc started stuttering, and it looked like tumbler had aquired 5.2gb of ram(the system has 6gb total) and the swap was 100% used. So i killed the tumbler process and the swap and ram came back... seemed like a bug.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: tumbler 0.1.21-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-10.46-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-10-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Jul 18 14:47:26 2011
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110426.1)
SourcePackage: tumbler
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Josh McDougall (2-3osh-n) wrote :
Changed in tumbler (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Sergey Prokhorenko (queen3) wrote :

For me this happens when I navigate to ~/Pictures folder. There's a very large .gif file there, which you can take here: http://depositfiles.com/files/vcpqmrwd4
The file is GIF country map 14983x19281, file size 128MB. So I suppose tumblerd daemon just chokes on this.

I have 1GB of memory. First memory goes up to the limit, then swap goes to 100%, it sits like this for about 2 minutes, unusable, and then back to normal.

I found an old thread here: http://mail.xfce.org/pipermail/thunar-dev/2008-February/004350.html discussing the problem, and from what I understand this is still not implemented. But if someone knows the solution (make thumbnailer ignore large pictures) this would be helpful.

For now I will just delete the file ;-)

Jonathan Lumb (jonolumb) wrote :

I have the same problem when browsing folders containing videos or pictures using pantheon-files. However, rather than eating up memory, the process "tumberd" gobbles up to 100% of CPU making my laptop overheat.

Magnus Jørgensen (magnusmj) wrote :

I have also experinced this issue.
Using Slomovideo to render a video this sometimes happens when i have Thunar open in the output folder.

tumblerd then through a period of time it consumes all RAM all Swap and then closes (probably because the kernel sees the process going out of bounds for the memory.)

b3nmore (b3nmore) wrote :

Same on 12.04.3 with tumbler 0.1.24 when thunar lists a folder with a growing video file.

There are some upstream fixes, that might address this issue (e.g. https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=8094). If so, it might be worth backporting/upgrading tumbler in precise.

I think I have this on 14.04.2

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