I've been running Ubuntu 17.10 for a good while. Starting yesterday (April 9) the process
gnome-software started using large amounts of memory. I don't know if it is related to the update that I took that day.
gnome-software grows to use up to 7G of memory (my system has 8G of RAM.) This expands into eating up swap and root. My root usually runs at 51% of its total disk space and it went up to 96%. System ground to a halt. Had to power off. Only after some automatic disk cleaning (?) did root return to 51% usage on its own.
This happened twice yesterday and it is starting again today. After running only 1 hour
gnome-software is now using (according to system monitor)
virtual mem=5.4G, Resident me=4.7G, memory=4.7G
This is continuing to happen. The root disk space is being used in at least the file
/var/log/syslog. Over the last few hours it has grown to 4.9G in size. I have to manually kill the
gnome-software process and delete the log file to keep the computer functional.
gnome-software starts using memory, the CPU jumps up and down
from 100% to 0%. This can be seen in the system monitor program in the resources tab. I verified this by stopping the
gnome-software process and CPU usage goes to almost nothing. Telling the process to continue show CPU usage jumping all over again.
This CPU usage doesn't show up in "% CPU" on the process page. Probably due to the refresh interval?
Even more info:
This is the error that repeats over and over in
when this is happening.
syslog was 1.7G when I caught it this time.
Apr 10 20:27:31 rwkeating-XPS-8300 gnome-software: g_byte_array_remove_range: assertion 'index_ + length <= array->len' failed
Apr 10 20:27:31 rwkeating-XPS-8300 gnome-software: Ignoring unexpected response
I verified this by pausing the gnome-software process while doing a tail on
syslog and then un-pausing the gnome-software process only to see the error flooding the log. So it is caught in this loop. Don't know what it means ... yet.