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Bug 79723

Summary: gnome-terminal consumes all memory
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: John Newbigin <jn>
Component: XftAssignee: Owen Taylor <otaylor>
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Description John Newbigin 2002-12-16 06:38:37 UTC
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Description of problem:
quite frequently, gnome-terminal starts consuming memory, causing the machine to
start grinding the swap and running like a dog.  If you can manage to switch
back to the console and run top, gnome-terminal is using over 600M of ram.  Some
time later, gnome terminal dies, along with any children.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce: gnome-terminal

Actual Results:  gnome-terminal dies.  I don't know if it dies it's self or
something (the kernel) kills it.

Expected Results:  gnome-terminal can run forever with no memory leaks.

Additional info:

The problem does not seem to be triggered by the user.  When I was using an X
application launched from gnome-terminal, it started and killed not only
gnome-terminal but the app I was using :(

Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2002-12-16 18:30:53 UTC
All Xft apps (GTK2 or Qt3) do this if you don't have RENDER extension 
for your X server.

Try the test fix packages at

Comment 2 Owen Taylor 2003-01-07 20:48:30 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 76219 ***

Comment 3 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 18:50:21 UTC
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.