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Everyone says that gnome-shell uses much less memory than unity shell. But I find it is true only for a short period time.

Under Ubuntu 11.10, gnome-shell 3.2, the cron "gnome-shell" uses about 40~60MB memory when logging in. Then it keeps increasing slowly but steadily. Several hours later it uses memory about 600~800MB and sometimes up to 1GB !

I've heard such "memory leak" on Internet. Is it a native bug of gnome-shell? How to fix it?

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closed as off topic by htorque, Oli Nov 1 '11 at 13:57

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The only thing to do here, is to wait for a fix of the program. There's nothing we at Ask Ubuntu can do, to help you, therefore I'm voting to close this question as "really a bug". –  htorque Nov 1 '11 at 8:12
Under Ubuntu 11.10, gnome-shell is consuming a whopping 1GB of memory on my 8GB system. I'm very disappointed, especially since I'm no fan of Unity either. –  Cerin Apr 27 '12 at 18:34

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The same happens on my system. Seem to be a bug:


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