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[Bug 1672297] [NEW] gnome-shell leaks RAM, almost 2 GiB RSS after 4 days
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Paul
2017-03-13 08:32:11 UTC
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Public bug reported:

gnome-shell's RSS is growing by 1 MiB every few minutes, and is now at
almost 2 GiB.

user 3039 1.8 16.1 4302340 1968476 tty2 Sl+ Mar09 120:17
/usr/bin/gnome-shell

strace output is voluminous; here is a representative sample:

poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN|POLLOUT}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLOUT}])
writev(5, [{"\231\n\10\0\n\0 \0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 32}], 1) = 32
poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLIN}])
recvmsg(5, {msg_name(0)=NULL, msg_iov(1)=[{"\1\0{\224\0\0\0\0H\0\0\0\0\23\266\32\0\0\0\0\201\242\204\0\0\0\0\0\261.\0\0", 4096}], msg_controllen=0, msg_flags=0}, 0) = 32
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efac90, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efac90, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN|POLLOUT}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLOUT}])
writev(5, [{"\212\5\4\0a\2228\0y\3\5\0%\3\27\4\231\6\5\0\n\0 \0a\2228\0\0\0\0\0"..., 36}, {NULL, 0}, {"", 0}], 3) = 36
poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLIN}])
recvmsg(5, {msg_name(0)=NULL, msg_iov(1)=[{"\1\0}\224\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 4096}], msg_controllen=0, msg_flags=0}, 0) = 32
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efac90, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN|POLLOUT}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLOUT}])
writev(5, [{"\212\n\2\0a\2228\0", 8}, {NULL, 0}, {"", 0}], 3) = 8
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 0) = 0 (Timeout)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 0) = 0 (Timeout)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
open("/proc/self/stat", O_RDONLY) = 36
fstat(36, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
fcntl(36, F_GETFL) = 0x8000 (flags O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE)
fstat(36, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
read(36, "3039 (gnome-shell) R 2930 2917 2"..., 4096) = 354
read(36, "", 3072) = 0
close(36) = 0
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 117885) = 1 ([{fd=4, revents=POLLIN}])
read(4, "\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 16) = 8
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, {msg_name(0)=NULL, msg_iov(1)=[{"[\2\327&h\0@\0i\0@\0(nu\22\n\0I\0\336\2\232\1\265\0038\2\362\2\355\1", 4096}], msg_controllen=0, msg_flags=0}, 0) = 32
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 0) = 0 (Timeout)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
write(4, "\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 8) = 8
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efaed0, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 0) = 1 ([{fd=4, revents=POLLIN}])
read(4, "\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 16) = 8
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
open("/proc/self/stat", O_RDONLY) = 36
fstat(36, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
fcntl(36, F_GETFL) = 0x8000 (flags O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE)
fstat(36, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
read(36, "3039 (gnome-shell) R 2930 2917 2"..., 4096) = 354
read(36, "", 3072) = 0
close(36) = 0
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 1) = 0 (Timeout)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=12, events=POLLIN|POLLOUT}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=12, revents=POLLOUT}])
writev(12, [{"\217\3\4\0i\0@\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0+\0\1\0", 20}, {NULL, 0}, {"", 0}], 3) = 20
poll([{fd=12, events=POLLIN}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=12, revents=POLLIN}])
recvmsg(12, {msg_name(0)=NULL, msg_iov(1)=[{"\1\2\331&\0\0\0\0\250\0`\2\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 4096}], msg_controllen=0, msg_flags=0}, 0) = 32
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efaf60, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efaf60, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_MADVISE, 0x7fff60efa960) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_BUSY, 0x7fff60efa910) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_MADVISE, 0x7fff60efa900) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_PWRITE, 0x7fff60efa9b0) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_BUSY, 0x7fff60efac50) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SET_DOMAIN, 0x7fff60efaba0) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SW_FINISH, 0x7fff60efad30) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SW_FINISH, 0x7fff60efae30) = 0
ioctl(6, _IOC(_IOC_READ|_IOC_WRITE, 0x64, 0x69, 0x40), 0x7fff60efadb0) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SET_DOMAIN, 0x7fff60efae30) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_MADVISE, 0x7fff60efadb0) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_BUSY, 0x7fff60efad80) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_MADVISE, 0x7fff60efad70) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SET_DOMAIN, 0x7fff60efad90) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SET_DOMAIN, 0x7fff60efae90) = 0

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.04
Package: gnome-shell 3.23.91-0ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.10.0-11.13-generic 4.10.1
Uname: Linux 4.10.0-11-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.4-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Mar 13 19:17:51 2017
DisplayManager: gdm3
InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-12-02 (100 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-GNOME 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" - Release amd64 (20161012.1)
ProcEnviron:
LANGUAGE=en_AU:en
TERM=xterm-256color
PATH=(custom, no user)
LANG=en_AU.UTF-8
SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: gnome-shell
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

** Affects: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Importance: Undecided
Status: New


** Tags: amd64 apport-bug zesty
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Jeremy Bicha
2017-03-16 14:17:43 UTC
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Can you reproduce this now? There have been several 3.23.92 updates this
week (in particular gjs) that might have helped with this bug.

** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Status: New => Incomplete
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Paul
2017-03-16 22:39:12 UTC
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Yes, I upgraded to 3.23.92-0ubuntu1 yesterday and it's at 459 MiB after
about 15 hours' runtime and growing at a similar rate.

user 2307 1.5 3.8 2717744 469980 tty2 Sl+ Mar16 21:34
/usr/bin/gnome-shell

Any next steps for debugging this?
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Jeremy Bicha
2017-03-17 00:02:00 UTC
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Thank you for taking the time to report this bug. Could you report this
issue to GNOME?

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Upstream/GNOME

I don't know how to debug memory leak issues. If you know how to use
IRC, you can ask on #gnome-shell on irc.gnome.org .

** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
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Paul
2017-03-17 00:35:51 UTC
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Thanks for the suggestion; my symptoms are an exact match for this
existing bug, including memory leaked each time a different window gets
focus (especially with Alt+Tab):

https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=777537

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Cliff Carson
2017-03-17 20:53:37 UTC
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Saw what appeared to be a memory leak in gnome-shell so set up a pidstat
trace to see the memory activity. Added this trace text the monitored
thought the day. The increase in memory usage appears to be consistent
and not related to what activity being done on the system. Most of the
morning and early afternoon the system was unused.

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Jeremy Bicha
2017-03-17 21:05:19 UTC
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Cliff, thank you. Could you please forward that to GNOME instead?
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Robert Ancell
2017-05-18 02:13:09 UTC
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** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Importance: Undecided => Medium
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Videonauth
2017-10-22 22:51:31 UTC
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As of now this still persists in Ubuntu 17.10 with the gnome-shell for
3.26, 8 hours of uptime and the shell is at nearly 1 GB size.
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Sebastien Bacher
2017-10-23 13:45:38 UTC
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** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Status: Confirmed => Triaged

** Also affects: gnome-shell via
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=777537
Importance: Unknown
Status: Unknown
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Daniel van Vugt
2017-11-03 03:24:09 UTC
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** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Importance: Medium => High

** Summary changed:

- gnome-shell leaks RAM, almost 2 GiB RSS after 4 days
+ gnome-shell uses lots of memory, and grows over time
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Daniel van Vugt
2017-11-03 03:56:57 UTC
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Confirmed. Seems I can make gnome-shell grow by about 1MB per second if
I move the mouse over the dock continuously, or scrub across the panel
menus continuously. That might not be the only problem but the rate of
growth is quite significant.
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Paul
2017-11-03 04:33:13 UTC
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Tried to get a Massif profile, starting a new gnome-shell with
--replace, but it fails before it can replace the running process due to
bug #1700465:

$ valgrind --tool=massif --num-callers=32 --log-file=/tmp/gnome-
shell.valgrind.log gnome-shell --replace

(gnome-shell:30065): mutter-WARNING **: Can't initialize KMS backend:
Could not get session ID: No such file or directory


If we can't replace it, it should be possible to get the display manager to launch gnome-shell in valgrind at login. The order of execution seems to be: gdm3 -> gdm-session-worker -> gdm-wayland-session -> gnome-session-binary -> gnome-shell. I hit a dead end when trying to find config files though.
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Daniel van Vugt
2017-11-03 04:59:56 UTC
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It's often easier to replace the binary itself with a debug script. For
example:

mv /usr/bin/gnome-shell /usr/bin/gnome-shell.bin

Now create a new 'gnome-shell' file that's a script which launches
gnome-shell.bin under a profiler/debugger, like:

#!/bin/sh
exec MYPROFILER $0.bin $*

and remember to:

chmod 755 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
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Paul
2017-11-03 07:46:09 UTC
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Ah yep, that would do it. Just be sure to have the script check the
username, because even if you're on a single-user system the gdm user
also runs a gnome-shell:

#!/bin/sh
if [ $USER = your_username_here ] ; then exec valgrind --tool=massif --num-callers=32 --log-file=/tmp/gnome-shell.valgrind.log.%p $0.bin $* ; fi
exec $0.bin $*

I ran this and experimented with all the usual applications. Valgrind's
RSS was growing slowly as you'd expect until I played a video, then it
exploded to > 6 GiB and Wayland hung. I killed Valgrind with -HUP and it
did produce a valid profile (attached). Please check if this is what you
are after.

I'm now running it again but won't test video playback this time.

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Paul
2017-11-03 08:17:37 UTC
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I see the same leak you do when interacting with the panel. In fact,
just pressing the Meta key twice to bring up and hide the overview leaks
1 MiB of RAM each time. Even switching workspaces leaks memory. These
are all things that jank once gnome-session's footprint has grown to
unreasonable sizes, so presumably that jank is a symptom of bloated
datastructures taking more cycles to negotiate.

Attached is another profile, from a session that didn't end with Wayland
pooping its pants.

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Daniel van Vugt
2017-11-03 08:51:26 UTC
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Thanks Paul.

For readability you might want to just run 'ms_print massif.out.3205'
and attach the output of that in future.
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2017-11-03 08:54:13 UTC
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Next, please try to find and install debug symbol packages for those
libraries near the top of the output listed with "???":

96.92% (48,673,660B) (heap allocation functions) malloc/new/new[], --alloc-fns, etc.
->44.20% (22,195,990B) 0x3A2632E4: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libjpeg.so.8.1.2)
| ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x3A26342D: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libjpeg.so.8.1.2)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x3A263786: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libjpeg.so.8.1.2)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x3A255C6B: jinit_master_decompress (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libjpeg.so.8.1.2)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x3A24AA7B: jpeg_start_decompress (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libjpeg.so.8.1.2)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x3A003747: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gdk-pixbuf-2.0/2.10.0/loaders/libpixbufloader-jpeg.so)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x8714A82: gdk_pixbuf_loader_write (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk_pixbuf-2.0.so.0.3611.0)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x87111A9: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk_pixbuf-2.0.so.0.3611.0)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x871223A: gdk_pixbuf_new_from_stream (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk_pixbuf-2.0.so.0.3611.0)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x73B7FF7: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libmutter-1.so.0.0.0)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x530BD54: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgio-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x58E200E: ??? (in /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x58E1643: ??? (in /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x769A7FA: start_thread (pthread_create.c:465)
| | ->44.04% (22,118,517B) 0x79C6B0D: clone (clone.S:95)

Then re-run 'ms_print', assuming a new profile doesn't need to be
created.
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Daniel van Vugt
2017-11-03 09:12:00 UTC
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Actually it's not the "top" of the output that's interesting. The
snapshot #1 just shows where memory went initially on start-up (to
loading images). That doesn't represent the ongoing growth problem
though. You need to scroll down to later snapshots in the ms_print
output to see where the growth is coming from, like snapshot 51:

47 68,075,238,605 72,060,280 63,908,218 8,152,062 0
48 70,175,452,080 73,101,400 64,835,851 8,265,549 0
49 71,750,692,416 74,288,744 65,927,330 8,361,414 0
50 72,800,335,769 75,355,616 66,877,167 8,478,449 0
51 73,849,979,162 81,425,416 72,853,026 8,572,390 0
89.47% (72,853,026B) (heap allocation functions) malloc/new/new[], --alloc-fns, etc.
->19.72% (16,059,766B) 0x58BF577: g_malloc (in /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| ->17.59% (14,320,777B) 0x58D70F4: g_slice_alloc (in /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| | ->13.29% (10,825,417B) 0x58D7587: g_slice_alloc0 (in /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| | | ->05.48% (4,459,320B) 0x564F7E4: g_type_create_instance (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgobject-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| | | | ->04.96% (4,040,752B) 0x5630096: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgobject-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| | | | | ->04.84% (3,937,672B) 0x6C05829: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/mutter/libmutter-clutter-1.so)
| | | | | | ->04.55% (3,708,152B) 0x5630CF5: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgobject-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| | | | | | | ->02.97% (2,417,720B) 0x5631FBC: g_object_newv (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgobject-2.0.so.0.5400.1)
| | | | | | | | ->02.97% (2,417,720B) 0x6911B0C: ??? (in /usr/lib/libgjs.so.0.0.0)
| | | | | | | | ->02.97% (2,417,720B) 0xE0BBD5B: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libmozjs-52.so.0.0.0)
| | | | | | | | ->02.97% (2,417,720B) 0xE0BBF87: ??? (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libmozjs-52.so.0.0.0)
| | | | | | | | ->02.97% (2,417,720B) 0xDF51842: JS_CallFunctionValue(JSContext*, JS::Handle<JSObject*>, JS::Handle<JS::Value>, JS::HandleValueArray const&, JS::MutableHandle<JS::Value>) (in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libmozjs-52.so.0.0.0)
| | | | | | | | ->02.97% (2,417,720B) 0x692B2A4: gjs_call_function_value (in /usr/lib/libgjs.so.0.0.0)
| | | | | | | | ->02.97% (2,417,720B) 0x6910454: ??? (in /usr/lib/libgjs.so.0.0.0)

So you then need debug symbols for libraries like:
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgobject-2.0.so.0.5400.1
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/mutter/libmutter-clutter-1.so
/usr/lib/libgjs.so.0.0.0
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libmozjs-52.so.0.0.0

Which sounds like it's getting closer to the core of the problem.
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2017-11-03 10:07:03 UTC
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I've installed most of the debug symbol packages, and the attached
Massif profile has far fewer unknowns. However, this isn't a proper run,
because when I try to log in now, gnome-shell grinds for a minute or so
and then quits. Works fine without Valgrind, of course. I suspect it has
some form of watchdog timer and is killing itself.

==1764== Process terminating with default action of signal 1 (SIGHUP)
==1764== at 0x76A1072: pthread_cond_wait@@GLIBC_2.3.2 (futex-internal.h:88)
==1764== by 0xDCAB863: js::ConditionVariable::wait(js::LockGuard<js::Mutex>&) (ConditionVariable.cpp:118)
==1764== by 0xDCABAB4: js::ConditionVariable::wait_for(js::LockGuard<js::Mutex>&, mozilla::BaseTimeDuration<mozilla::TimeDurationValueCalculator> const&) (ConditionVariable.cpp:134)
==1764== by 0xE0A1D14: js::HelperThread::threadLoop() (HelperThreads.cpp:786)
==1764== by 0xE0C2351: js::detail::ThreadTrampoline<void (&)(void*), js::HelperThread*>::Start(void*) (Thread.h:234)
==1764== by 0x769A7FB: start_thread (pthread_create.c:465)
==1764== by 0x79C6B0E: clone (clone.S:95)

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2017-11-06 09:32:36 UTC
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Thanks Paul. The only slightly conclusive information I got from that so
far is:

https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=789955

So let's see how that one goes first. Looks like that's a secondary
issue though and not the biggest repeating issue.

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P.S. To start gnome-shell manually, this seems to do the trick:

1. Log into a virtual terminal.
2. gnome-shell --display-server --wayland --mode=ubuntu

So you can modify that command as required.
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** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Assignee: (unassigned) => Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt)

** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Status: Triaged => In Progress
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Looks like upstream has had the same idea this week:
https://git.gnome.org/browse/mutter/log/?h=gnome-3-26&qt=grep&q=leak

Those fixes are coming in 3.26.3 (so I guess Ubuntu 18.04 soon).
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** Also affects: mutter (Ubuntu)
Importance: Undecided
Status: New

** Changed in: mutter (Ubuntu)
Importance: Undecided => High

** Changed in: mutter (Ubuntu)
Status: New => Triaged

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Importance: Unknown
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** Changed in: mutter
Status: Unknown => Fix Released

** Changed in: mutter
Importance: Unknown => Medium
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** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Assignee: Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) => (unassigned)

** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Status: In Progress => Triaged
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Cristiano Gavião
2017-11-29 16:15:08 UTC
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I'm also having huge memory usage for gnome-shell. I noted that after
have watched a movie using another display (my smart-tv) the memory used
by it are on 3.4Gb !!!
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ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3.6
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
DisplayManager: gdm3
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-11-02 (36 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" - Release amd64 (20171018)
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm nvidia_drm nvidia_modeset nvidia
Package: mutter
PackageArchitecture: amd64
ProcEnviron:
LANG=en_US.UTF-8
TERM=xterm-256color
SHELL=/bin/bash
XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=<set>
PATH=(custom, no user)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-19.22-generic 4.13.13
Tags: artful
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-19-generic x86_64
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
UserGroups: adm cdrom dip libvirt lpadmin plugdev sambashare sudo
_MarkForUpload: True


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2017-12-09 15:31:25 UTC
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At any given time: immediately after reboot, immediately after
restarting gnome-shell (alt+F2 --> "r"), and during regular use gnome-
shell is consuming at least 4GB RAM. I'm happy to provide a memory
profile but I don't know how to do that so I need help.

# ps auxwww | grep gnome-shell
gdm 1595 0.0 1.2 3696204 211144 tty1 Sl+ Dec08 0:23 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
<my user> 2176 0.4 2.6 4063428 431096 tty2 Sl+ Dec08 3:01 /usr/bin/gnome-shell


# ps -p 1595,2176 -Fl
F S USER PID PPID C PRI NI P SZ WCHAN RSS PSR STIME TTY TIME CMD
0 S gdm 1595 1559 0 80 0 * 924307 poll_s 211648 0 Dec08 tty1 00:00:24 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
0 S <my user> 2176 2060 0 80 0 * 1017742 poll_s 433852 1 Dec08 tty2 00:03:36 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
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No matter what you do, gnome-shell eats up RAM slowly. In case you
shutdown your machine after every use, you will not notice it, however,
if you keep it running or tend to suspend/hibernate, it will reach a
point when it will swap.

After one day of usage (just web browsing) gnome-shell increased ram
usage from 100M to 350M. It does not free it up even if you close all
windows. In my 4GB machine, it means that either I restart every day or
I start facing swap issues the second day.
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Also note we're still waiting for mutter and gnome-shell v3.26.3 to
reach Ubuntu 18.04. Some leak fixes have gone into 3.26.3 but it's not
yet released. It will be interesting to see what, if any, improvement
v3.26.3 makes for people here.
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Hi, I'm running ubuntu 17.10 with gnome 3.26.2

I noticed today that every time I press the "windows" key it consumes
about 5 MB extra and just keeps growing ...
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more info: my current setup has 4 monitors running with 2560x1440
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Also seen on AskUbuntu - https://askubuntu.com/q/1001069/66509 .
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Regarding #32, The total shown is 16,293,840 and used is 1,781,036,
which is about 11% of the total, not more than total. (With that many
digits, commas help.)
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I'm trying to track down something that makes system performance degrade
in less than an hour. Whenever I switch desktops, move my cursor to a
place where a tooltip is displayed, open a pull-down menu, the display
freezes for 5-15 seconds before, for example, the menu or tooltip is
released.

If I kill -1 my gnome-shell, performance is restored...for a while.

I decided to take some measurements.
% ps guax | grep gnome-shell
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 6.3 0.6 4037064 401804 tty2 Rl+ 10:10 1:07 /usr/bin/gnome-shell

The VSZ and RSS grow slowly, if at all, if I don't switch desktops, bring up menus, etc. Here are snapshots at 15 second intervals:
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 8.5 1.3 4755216 862708 tty2 Sl+ 10:10 10:41 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 8.5 1.3 4755216 862912 tty2 Sl+ 10:10 10:42 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 8.5 1.3 4755216 862912 tty2 Sl+ 10:10 10:43 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 8.5 1.3 4755216 863128 tty2 Sl+ 10:10 10:44 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 8.5 1.3 4755216 863344 tty2 Sl+ 10:10 10:45 /usr/bin/gnome-shell

After 2 hours, the ps reports go from
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 6.3 0.6 4037064 401804 tty2 Rl+ 10:10 1:07 /usr/bin/gnome-shell

to
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 8.7 1.2 4725708 821640 tty2 Rl+ 10:10 11:27 /usr/bin/gnome-shell

VSZ increases by 688.6K, or 17%.
RSS increases by 419.8K, or 104%

I'm running GNOME Shell 3.26.2 on Ubuntu 17.10 x86-64.
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If I press the Ubuntu key over and over, showing the overview of all the
desktops, and then again to return to the normal view of the current
desktop, RSS for gnome-desktop increases rapidly (measurements taken at
15-second intervals.

USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 9.0 1.2 4776896 820820 tty2 Sl+ 10:10 12:27 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 9.0 1.2 4790452 831004 tty2 Rl+ 10:10 12:31 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 9.1 1.2 4799632 849868 tty2 Sl+ 10:10 12:36 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 9.1 1.3 4807764 859832 tty2 Sl+ 10:10 12:42 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 15805 9.2 1.3 4812364 865236 tty2 Sl+ 10:10 12:46 /usr/bin/gnome-shell

After kill -1 15805, I get:
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
skelem 27800 14.5 0.5 4072104 362428 tty2 Sl+ 12:31 0:06 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
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Daniel van Vugt
2018-02-05 02:03:01 UTC
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It's important to remember that RSS increases is no indication of a leak
- it will rise and fall according to how busy the machine is and not how
much new memory the process has allocated. Please ignore all RSS values
as they are going to be unpredictable and misleading.

As for VSZ, that's kind of related to potential leaks. The problem with
VSZ is that it's a measure of the address space mappings size and is
also not a measure of regular memory allocated by the process. Although
you can use changes in VSZ to detect leaks and bloat, address space used
by VSZ is not an indication of the memory requirements of the process.

Probably a better field to monitor for actual leaks is VmData which you can find in:
/proc/PID/status

VmData is a more realistic indication of memory allocated by the
process.
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2018-02-08 00:16:49 UTC
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VmData: 636560 kB 10:30
VmData: 848276 kB 15:45

That's up 33% in 5.25 hours, during which I wasn't interacting with the
computer, so there shouldn't have been any demands on gnome.
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naisanza
2018-02-09 04:20:07 UTC
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The entire UI lags far behind as well. When gnome-shell using around 500
MB RAM, middle clicking Nautilus freezes the entire system UI for up to
10 seconds. No mouse, no keyboard, no clicking.
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florin
2018-02-09 07:45:26 UTC
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Yes, I got some freezes, too, even longer than 10 seconds. One time I
restarted the laptop as I did not know what is going on, another time at
some point Gnome crashed and started by itself. This did not happen in
Unity.
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Jaroslav Svoboda
2018-02-11 00:27:35 UTC
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Just noticed it in updated Bionic. After boot uses around 450MB of VRAM
and then suddenly jumps to 1200MB and more when only Chrome is running.
When Chrome is closed it does not change. Using Geforce 960 GTX with 390
drivers. Freezes and also black streak flashes on one of monitors
sometimes. When the process is killed it restarts and drops back to less
then 500MB.
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2018-02-12 02:02:05 UTC
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See also comment #29. It's probably not worth commenting further here
till we're on at least version 3.26.3.
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shah5xi6
2018-02-12 07:04:30 UTC
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So does that mean this is a wontfix for 17.10, the current version?

I had to double my RAM to 16GB just to get more than a day out of gnome-
shell at work, otherwise as the day goes on, each notification I receive
hangs the system for a few seconds and locking and unlocking the screen
can take up to a minute by the end of the day. If I happened to be at
the bottom of a keystroke at the time it hangs, it acts like the key was
held down for the duration - a nightmare in Vim. As others have said,
actions like pressing the super key or switching windows seem to consume
a few MB each time that it never seems to give back.
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2018-02-12 07:19:42 UTC
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If we find a fix that works, then yes it will be backported to 17.10.
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florin
2018-02-12 08:34:28 UTC
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It might be more complicated to fix as there are lots and lots of
actions that get to memory leaks. There are some crashes, too. Bad
programming, probably, and it might need some fundamental changes in the
code and architecture. They are creating lists and objects that are
larger and larger on each trigger, without killing any when they are not
needed or having a limit to recycle resources. And if they got to this,
it might be complicated to find solutions with the same team that
created it. I kind of doubt we'll see a solution before the next
release.
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2018-02-12 08:38:02 UTC
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PS: and please bring back the Wifi connections list to the menu and add
a thick to activate "View inserted password"; see this

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2018-02-23 08:43:39 UTC
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There is a memory leak generating window previews on gnome shell and
since pressing the Super key generates windows previews the memory usage
grows exponentially. For me Gnome Shell eats about 100-150 MB every day
I leave it running.

I tested this both on an Intel graphics machine and on a VM, in both
Artful and Bionic. Both times clean install.

1. on a clean boot open System Monitor and Terminal side by side (or System Monitor and any other window)
2. press Super wait for the window preview and then press ESC (repeat this several times)
3. Observe the memory usage for Gnome Shell System Monitor grow

You can also reproduce this by installing the Alternate Tab extension
(https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/15/alternatetab/) which also
generates window previews.

1. Alt+Tab between Terminal and System Monitor and watch the Gnome Shell
memory usage grow every time.

Another user on reddit also came to a similar conclusion:
https://www.reddit.com/r/gnome/comments/7teono/possible_fix_to_improve_gnome_lag/

Effectively gnome shell becomes unusable even on 8 GB of RAM after a week of usage.
I solve the issue by running ALT+F2 and 'r' every morning. People who are not technical of course will not do this and have a horrible experience.
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2018-02-24 00:49:41 UTC
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Its amazing that so many people have this issue and this bug has not yet
been fixed. Anyway here's my (reset when idle) workaround (use at your
own risk, may have bugs etc.):

https://pastebin.com/8ypFBjQ0
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2018-02-24 01:05:34 UTC
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^ dependency: sudo apt-get install xprintidle
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Daniel van Vugt
2018-02-26 01:41:53 UTC
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It might have been fixed in a series of changes made in mutter (future
version) 3.26.3. It's just unusual and unexpected that Gnome has not
done a release for months, so we have not yet tried those fixes.
Instead, it looks like we will jump to 3.28 now, soon. So if bionic goes
well with 3.28 then we will seriously consider backporting the leak
fixes to artful.

This is also one of those bugs that could be subjective. A fix that
works for one person might not work for the next. So I guess in order to
make sure everyone is on the same page, please ensure you have not
installed any Gnome Shell extensions beyond the default Ubuntu ones.
Because we don't want to get caught up debugging a gnome-shell extension
that most people don't use.

P.S. I stopped working on this bug because I stopped being able to
reproduce it.
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2018-02-26 07:26:36 UTC
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@vanvugt could you try the steps I posted in #46. I can reliably
reproduce this on a clean install of Bionic daily in a VM. No extra
extensions, just opening window previews with Super multiple times (two
windows open).

Thank you.
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** Changed in: gnome-shell
Status: Unknown => Confirmed

** Changed in: gnome-shell
Importance: Unknown => Critical
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2018-02-28 08:52:04 UTC
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Here is also a nice video demonstrating the issue:


It runs Fedora, but the behaviour is exactly the same on Bionic as well.
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PeterPall
2018-03-01 20:36:27 UTC
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And I was wondering why 2 years ago 0,5 Gigabytes of RAM was plentiful
for 32bit and now 4 Gigabytes on 64 bit is too little. Let's hope the
window preview problem gets resolved soon.
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borovaka
2018-03-02 15:07:22 UTC
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Actually it is not only "window preview" problem.
It is related to mozjs garbage collector (I think).
You can follow the issue on gnome gitlab: https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-shell/issues/64
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florin
2018-03-03 09:40:49 UTC
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Sometimes I get the impression that they seem not to be using the newer
gnome-shell as their daily driver, as it is quite impossible not to see
this happening. :(
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2018-03-11 08:06:03 UTC
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@borovaka: That also matches my experience: If you disable everything
that creates previews the gnome-shell's memory usage will grow slower.
But if you only have 4 Gigabytes of memory you still have to reboot your
computer every 2 hours.
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2018-03-21 23:16:13 UTC
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I posted the bug 3 years ago in 2015 and yesterday the bug expired
because nobody saw it, what a irony
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-shell/+bug/1423773
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2018-03-23 15:30:51 UTC
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Disabling Gnome3 Shell Extensions is not the answer. Solving the
underlying bug is the answer. Disabling the G3X will severe cramp
usability of G3.
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2018-03-23 18:20:35 UTC
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I think my report is related:
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=787983

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2018-03-27 10:17:47 UTC
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** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Assignee: (unassigned) => Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt)

** Changed in: mutter (Ubuntu)
Assignee: (unassigned) => Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt)

** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Status: Triaged => In Progress

** Changed in: mutter (Ubuntu)
Status: Triaged => In Progress

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** Also affects: mutter (Ubuntu Bionic)
Importance: High
Assignee: Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt)
Status: In Progress

** Also affects: gnome-shell (Ubuntu Bionic)
Importance: High
Assignee: Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt)
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2018-03-28 07:45:25 UTC
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Thanks for the hints.

I have created a visual profile of the the main overview-related leaks here:
https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-shell/issues/160
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2018-04-01 17:06:27 UTC
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It does not just happen when opening the main overview.

Even when you click on the network/volume/power panel applet and the
pop-up opens, the memory usage increases.

Just repeatedly click on the network/volume/power panel applet and watch
gnome-shell memory usage grow in system monitor with each click.
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Daniel van Vugt
2018-04-03 02:28:27 UTC
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Yes I imagine gnome-shell contains multiple different leaks. Each
different leak will get a different upstream bug and a different fix.

So this bug may stay open indefinitely as more and more people jump on
board. Or we may have to cut it off at some point and use other bug
reports for specific cases.
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Daniel van Vugt
2018-04-05 07:49:31 UTC
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My efforts from last week ran into a dead end because I can't reproduce
that massive texture leak any more.

I can however still reproduce the original "smaller" leak (0.5-1.0MB per
overview) this bug was about in the first place. And good news:
Upstream's experimental fix seems to work:

https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gjs/merge_requests/114

** Also affects: gjs (Ubuntu)
Importance: Undecided
Status: New

** Changed in: gjs (Ubuntu Bionic)
Status: New => Confirmed

** Changed in: gjs (Ubuntu Bionic)
Importance: Undecided => High

** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu Bionic)
Assignee: Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) => (unassigned)

** Changed in: mutter (Ubuntu Bionic)
Assignee: Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) => (unassigned)

** Description changed:

+ Upstream:
+ https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-shell/issues/64
+
+ ---
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gnome-shell's RSS is growing by 1 MiB every few minutes, and is now at
almost 2 GiB.

user 3039 1.8 16.1 4302340 1968476 tty2 Sl+ Mar09 120:17
/usr/bin/gnome-shell

strace output is voluminous; here is a representative sample:

poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN|POLLOUT}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLOUT}])
writev(5, [{"\231\n\10\0\n\0 \0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 32}], 1) = 32
poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLIN}])
recvmsg(5, {msg_name(0)=NULL, msg_iov(1)=[{"\1\0{\224\0\0\0\0H\0\0\0\0\23\266\32\0\0\0\0\201\242\204\0\0\0\0\0\261.\0\0", 4096}], msg_controllen=0, msg_flags=0}, 0) = 32
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efac90, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efac90, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN|POLLOUT}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLOUT}])
writev(5, [{"\212\5\4\0a\2228\0y\3\5\0%\3\27\4\231\6\5\0\n\0 \0a\2228\0\0\0\0\0"..., 36}, {NULL, 0}, {"", 0}], 3) = 36
poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLIN}])
recvmsg(5, {msg_name(0)=NULL, msg_iov(1)=[{"\1\0}\224\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 4096}], msg_controllen=0, msg_flags=0}, 0) = 32
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efac90, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=5, events=POLLIN|POLLOUT}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=5, revents=POLLOUT}])
writev(5, [{"\212\n\2\0a\2228\0", 8}, {NULL, 0}, {"", 0}], 3) = 8
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 0) = 0 (Timeout)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 0) = 0 (Timeout)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
open("/proc/self/stat", O_RDONLY) = 36
fstat(36, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
fcntl(36, F_GETFL) = 0x8000 (flags O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE)
fstat(36, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
read(36, "3039 (gnome-shell) R 2930 2917 2"..., 4096) = 354
read(36, "", 3072) = 0
close(36) = 0
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 117885) = 1 ([{fd=4, revents=POLLIN}])
read(4, "\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 16) = 8
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, {msg_name(0)=NULL, msg_iov(1)=[{"[\2\327&h\0@\0i\0@\0(nu\22\n\0I\0\336\2\232\1\265\0038\2\362\2\355\1", 4096}], msg_controllen=0, msg_flags=0}, 0) = 32
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 0) = 0 (Timeout)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
write(4, "\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 8) = 8
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efaed0, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 0) = 1 ([{fd=4, revents=POLLIN}])
read(4, "\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 16) = 8
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
open("/proc/self/stat", O_RDONLY) = 36
fstat(36, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
fcntl(36, F_GETFL) = 0x8000 (flags O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE)
fstat(36, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
read(36, "3039 (gnome-shell) R 2930 2917 2"..., 4096) = 354
read(36, "", 3072) = 0
close(36) = 0
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb020, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efb000, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=4, events=POLLIN}, {fd=5, events=POLLIN}, {fd=11, events=POLLIN}, {fd=12, events=POLLIN}, {fd=14, events=POLLIN}, {fd=16, events=POLLIN}, {fd=26, events=POLLIN}, {fd=29, events=POLLIN}, {fd=32, events=POLLIN}, {fd=34, events=POLLIN}, {fd=37, events=POLLIN}, {fd=38, events=POLLIN}, {fd=40, events=POLLIN}, {fd=42, events=POLLIN}, {fd=43, events=POLLIN}], 15, 1) = 0 (Timeout)
recvmsg(5, 0x7fff60efb040, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
poll([{fd=12, events=POLLIN|POLLOUT}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=12, revents=POLLOUT}])
writev(12, [{"\217\3\4\0i\0@\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0+\0\1\0", 20}, {NULL, 0}, {"", 0}], 3) = 20
poll([{fd=12, events=POLLIN}], 1, -1) = 1 ([{fd=12, revents=POLLIN}])
recvmsg(12, {msg_name(0)=NULL, msg_iov(1)=[{"\1\2\331&\0\0\0\0\250\0`\2\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 4096}], msg_controllen=0, msg_flags=0}, 0) = 32
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efaf60, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
recvmsg(12, 0x7fff60efaf60, 0) = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily unavailable)
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_MADVISE, 0x7fff60efa960) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_BUSY, 0x7fff60efa910) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_MADVISE, 0x7fff60efa900) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_PWRITE, 0x7fff60efa9b0) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_BUSY, 0x7fff60efac50) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SET_DOMAIN, 0x7fff60efaba0) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SW_FINISH, 0x7fff60efad30) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SW_FINISH, 0x7fff60efae30) = 0
ioctl(6, _IOC(_IOC_READ|_IOC_WRITE, 0x64, 0x69, 0x40), 0x7fff60efadb0) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SET_DOMAIN, 0x7fff60efae30) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_MADVISE, 0x7fff60efadb0) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_BUSY, 0x7fff60efad80) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_MADVISE, 0x7fff60efad70) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SET_DOMAIN, 0x7fff60efad90) = 0
ioctl(6, DRM_IOCTL_I915_GEM_SET_DOMAIN, 0x7fff60efae90) = 0

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.04
Package: gnome-shell 3.23.91-0ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.10.0-11.13-generic 4.10.1
Uname: Linux 4.10.0-11-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.4-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Mar 13 19:17:51 2017
DisplayManager: gdm3
InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-12-02 (100 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-GNOME 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" - Release amd64 (20161012.1)
ProcEnviron:
- LANGUAGE=en_AU:en
- TERM=xterm-256color
- PATH=(custom, no user)
- LANG=en_AU.UTF-8
- SHELL=/bin/bash
+  LANGUAGE=en_AU:en
+  TERM=xterm-256color
+  PATH=(custom, no user)
+  LANG=en_AU.UTF-8
+  SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: gnome-shell
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu Bionic)
Status: In Progress => Invalid

** Changed in: mutter (Ubuntu Bionic)
Status: In Progress => Invalid

** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu Bionic)
Status: Invalid => Confirmed
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** Changed in: gjs (Ubuntu Bionic)
Status: Confirmed => Triaged
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** No longer affects: mutter (Ubuntu)

** No longer affects: mutter (Ubuntu Bionic)
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2018-04-11 13:38:24 UTC
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Could the eventual fix be cherry-picked for Ubuntu's GNOME 3.28? Merge
requests 114 and 50 (gjs; upstream) are targeted for GNOME 3.30.0 (for
example) yet presumably Ubuntu would want the fix in Ubuntu 18.04 rather
than shipping with the leak?
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Yes, when a fix lands we will push it into 18.04 as a priority.
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2018-04-12 10:39:12 UTC
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** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu Bionic)
Assignee: (unassigned) => Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt)

** Changed in: gjs (Ubuntu Bionic)
Assignee: (unassigned) => Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt)
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2018-04-13 12:13:10 UTC
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In my opinion, Ubuntu 18.04 should not be released until this is fixed -
it should be delayed if required. This is O/S killer and will do more
to damage the brand name of Ubuntu than releasing a deeply flawed, not-
ready-for-prime-time, version. Frankly, Ubuntu 18.04 is unusable as an
LTS with this bug present.
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Amr Ibrahim
2018-04-13 19:51:46 UTC
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Upstream has released new versions of accountsservice & polkit to fix some leaks.
https://cgit.freedesktop.org/accountsservice/tag/?h=0.6.46
https://cgit.freedesktop.org/polkit/tag/?h=0.114
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2018-04-16 02:51:09 UTC
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@cement_head: The desktop team agrees. We'll be releasing *something*
for this bug this week. Only 3 days to final freeze...

@Amr: Those are probably better left as separate bugs to this one.
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** Changed in: gjs (Ubuntu Bionic)
Status: Triaged => In Progress

** Changed in: gjs (Ubuntu Bionic)
Importance: High => Critical
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** No longer affects: gnome-shell (Ubuntu Bionic)

** No longer affects: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
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2018-04-16 06:54:25 UTC
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Here's a patch to fix the biggest of the leaks.

I notice however that upstream is working on additional fixes. But those
fixes are very new and experimental. What I am providing here is the
more significant and mature of the leak fixes currently being proposed.

** Patch added: "gjs_1.52.1-1ubuntu1.debdiff"
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gjs/+bug/1672297/+attachment/5117659/+files/gjs_1.52.1-1ubuntu1.debdiff
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Rocko
2018-04-16 08:20:49 UTC
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Is that patch getting into Ubuntu soon? I tried applying it to the
latest gjs source package and installing the patched package, but it
left gdm in an un-startable state, even when I uninstalled it and
reinstalled the default gjs package.
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Sounds like you might have made a mistake. Just wait till the patch is
released properly.
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2018-04-17 01:16:44 UTC
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Well, quite. I built and installed it with "./configure --prefix=/usr &&
make && sudo make install" and it's obviously more complicated than
that. Is there a guide somewhere for how to build and install gnome-
shell and its components in ubuntu?
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2018-04-17 01:37:10 UTC
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Yes, many Ubuntu packages are customized and often don't work unless you
use the same customization options in your build. You can find out what
those are by running 'apt-get source FOO' and then looking in
debian/rules. However it's too complicated to write a clear guide for.

Also, it sounds like you may be building the wrong project. The leak is
in project 'gjs', not 'gnome-shell'.
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2018-04-17 15:49:32 UTC
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** Changed in: gjs (Ubuntu Bionic)
Status: In Progress => Fix Committed
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2018-04-17 17:36:13 UTC
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Glad to see that this bug is about to be squished...
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2018-04-18 10:05:04 UTC
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I managed to build and install a patched gjs last night thanks to a
helpful hint from a fellow user (ie to use debuild -us -uc -b to build
it instead of make and make install).

Initially, gnome-shell was using around 170 MB according to gnome-
system-monitor (atop says consistently says it is using around 100 MB
more). It stayed that way until the next morning when something made it
jump to 250 MB, and an hour or so later it jumped to 350 MB (it's hard
to tell if it jumped all at once or slowly increased, because I think
there's a bug in gnome-system-monitor that makes it stop auto-refreshing
until you click on its window - when I clicked on gnome-system-monitor,
gnome-shell's displayed usage jumped 100 MB each time).

Usage stayed at around 350 MB for the morning and most of the afternoon.
Eventually, I restarted gnome-shell with ALT-F2 and 'r' and usage
dropped immediately to 120 MB. It stayed there for about half an hour
until it suddenly jumped to 170 MB, and it has been sitting on that for
the last two hours.

gnome-shell with an _unpatched_ gjs on my system will go to 450 MB or
more in less than an hour, so I think there's a definite improvement
with the patch, but there are still some big leaks there.
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Daniel van Vugt
2018-04-18 13:03:10 UTC
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Yes, we know that is only one of the leak fixes. The other fixes
(upstream, not reviewed yet) are less mature and have not been included
in the Ubuntu patch.
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Daniel van Vugt
2018-04-18 13:03:42 UTC
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Seems not committed anywhere yet.

** Changed in: gjs (Ubuntu Bionic)
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Daniel van Vugt
2018-04-18 13:08:57 UTC
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Rocko,

the other thing to consider is that the patch in comment #68 stops all
types of GObject leaks, including those holding resources outside of
normal memory. So if for example that texture leak returns (which I
expect it may), that will consume texture memory even faster than you
see main memory being used. It's mostly an invisible resource,
contributing to the VSIZE only, but still using very real and very
limited physical/GPU memory. Hidden resource leaks like that would
explain slow-downs probably better than the visible memory growth would.
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2018-04-18 18:39:13 UTC
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This bug was fixed in the package gjs - 1.52.1-1ubuntu1

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gjs (1.52.1-1ubuntu1) bionic; urgency=medium

* Add fix-crashes-lp1763878-revert-575f1e2e077.patch to fix shutdown
crashes (LP: #1763878)
* Add some patches to solve large memory leaks (LP: #1672297)
- fix-leaks-lp1672297-1-context-Add-API-to-force-GC-schedule.patch
- fix-leaks-lp1672297-2-object-Queue-a-forced-GC-when-toggling-down.patch
- Note: More such patches are under review so this list may grow in future.

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** Changed in: gjs (Ubuntu Bionic)
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Daniel van Vugt
2018-04-19 04:30:49 UTC
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I wonder if we should keep using this bug as the additional leak fixes
land in future?

Leaks are likely to come and go indefinitely over time as the code
changes, so we should try to decide the acceptance criteria for closing
this bug. And when it would be more appropriate to open new similar
bugs.
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carlix
2018-04-19 11:34:31 UTC
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If you really want to close this bug PLEASE WATCH THIS
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-shell/+bug/1423773
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greenmandd
2018-04-19 12:30:28 UTC
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Guys, i am not programmer, but i`m wander why gnome have so many memory
leaks? Most of them have been known for years and nobody cares till
Ubuntu LTS 18.04 release. Bad code, bad programming, or other reason?!
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Sergei
2018-04-20 08:32:20 UTC
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Yep, that's about ignorant gnome-shell team and really outdated toolkit.
Ubuntu should use KDE.
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carlix
2018-04-20 11:20:54 UTC
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And you should... SEE THIS LINK
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-shell/+bug/1423773 which is the most important memory leak and I posted it 3 years ago, could be possible that just ONE developer take this seriously?
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Daniel van Vugt
2018-04-20 11:21:01 UTC
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Let's keep this open till we have the full set up upstream fixes in Ubuntu:
https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-shell/issues/64

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