In the past 4/5 days I noticed something very strange. I am using Ubuntu 13.04 amd64. After some time from the system login I think an hour or two may be, either nautilus or python process uses too much memory about 2.5GB. Normally I kill the process and memory get released, but within another hour or max.

Two repeats the same situation, and this goes forever. Honestly as I have 8GB of memory I do not track always the usage, just when I notice from system load indicator that my computer uses a lot of memory, so I never observed if the memory usage by python or nautilus is incremental (but I think it should be).

Nothing helped to make the problem disappear: reboot, shutdown or even X restart. But what is really strange is that this memory usage is alternating, ex: at first occurrence after system start I always have both processes - 2.5Gb, python - 1.0 GB, after killing them have nautilus - 2.5 GB, after killing it I have python - 2.5GB, and the process repeats. So my question is how to find out the cause of this, how to debug such thing, or at least any suggestions.

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    Have you got any nautilus addons/extensions installed? – Vadim Peretokin Sep 16 '13 at 20:19
  • I think not, however i do have rabbitvcs installed, it is written in python and is integrated into nautilus scripts folder, but i had never a problem with it. – SASA Aga Sep 16 '13 at 20:30
  • Do your system were recently updated? In a terminal type tail -n50 /var/log/dpkg.log, edit your post and add the entire output. – Braiam Sep 16 '13 at 20:40
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    I'd check it without rabbitvcs - I think it has to use a fair bit of memory to keep track of SVN objects and that memory gets counted as nautilus'. Just googling "rabbitvcs memory" brings up a lot of things. – Vadim Peretokin Sep 16 '13 at 21:16
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    Check out this bug report on launchpad: Nautilus: memory leak and specifically this post regarding Rabbitcvs. – Glutanimate Sep 17 '13 at 2:37