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I was wondering why my memory useage was so high, what is this thing that take a whopping 1.2GB of memory.

Please and thank you.

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What version of network-manager-gnome are you running? There was an issue with the version included in an elementary-art ppa -- I'd rule out that you don't have that one, first. –  belacq Mar 12 '11 at 4:18
    
@jgbelacqua yes I do have that installed! how do I remove it? –  myusuf3 Mar 12 '11 at 4:41
    
I deleted mine manually from /etc/apt/sources.list.d . Look/grep for elementary , delete it (or backup + delete), and then apt-get update. At that point, I actually removed the entire package and reinstalled it while I was connected to wireless. –  belacq Mar 12 '11 at 4:44
    
@jgbelacqua its not in the list and when i do sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome/maverick it complains saying it is installed –  myusuf3 Mar 12 '11 at 4:53
    
When you do apt-cache show network-manager-gnome, does you have just that (correct) entry? –  belacq Mar 12 '11 at 4:55

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nm-applet is the NetworkManager Applet:

NetworkManager Applet

It is not supposed to be using this much memory. There is currently an open bug report for this problem.

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There was an issue with the version of network-manager-gnome included in an elementary-art ppa -- I'd rule out that you don't have that one, first.

I deleted mine manually from /etc/apt/sources.list.d . Look or grep for elementary , delete it (or backup + delete), and then apt-get update.

For myself, at that point I actually removed the entire package and reinstalled it while I was connected to wireless (without dropping connectivity that I could tell).

This command will show you what versions you have available:

 apt-cache show network-manager-gnome

You can also see the installation preference with apt-cache policy network-manager-gnome .

From the bug report :
This is marked as fixed in Natty(11.04). For Maverick (10.10), you can downgrade to the official package from the archive with
sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome/maverick .

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It's the Network Manager applet. 1.2GB does seem a bit high, though.

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This is really a comment, not an answer to the question. Please use "add comment" to leave feedback for the author. –  Mitch Aug 21 '12 at 6:04
    
@Mitch This answers have the question, sort of. Arguably this should be removed, but it should not be a comment. –  Eliah Kagan Sep 8 '12 at 1:44

I experienced the same on my 12.04 installation. After a little research it appeared that it was just a GUI component (representing the icon in the status bar), and killing it will not affect the network connections.

SO I killed it and launched a new one from my terminal. Resource manager showed an immediate drop of 1.5 GB of RAM consumption.

killall nm-applet
nm-applet &
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