[kwlug-disc] Debugging for memory use

Chris Irwin chris at chrisirwin.ca
Mon Aug 30 12:35:09 EDT 2010


On Mon, 2010-08-30 at 12:13 -0400, Chris Irwin wrote:
> Maybe it could be thumbnails. If I start browsing around, could nautilus
> be hanging on to thumbnails in memory? I suppose I'll have to do a basic
> comparison of memory usage.

Every time I open a nautilus window, usage jumps by about 40MB. It does
not go away when I close it. It's a ticking time bomb!

I decided to disable the desktop icons, but it seems that nautilus is
still running, but with no window showing. I killed it, and it just
respawned in it's windowless state, ready to steal memory at it's
earliest convenience. iirc, nautilus handles auto-mounting removable
media for Gnome, so it makes sense that it has a process lurking in the
background.

I'll have to follow Chris' advice and check for known bugs. He's right
in that I'm probably not the first user to have this problem.

-- 
Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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