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    gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    Running 9.04 Jaunty on 2 GB of RAM. The process 'gvfsd' is eating up my memory, quickly and horrifyingly so. It grew from 18 MB to 1.2 GB of usage in a manner of minutes. On Hardy and Intrepid, I did not run into this problem. I've tried killing the process repeatedly. This works temporarily, but it starts back up again and starts eating my memory. This gets extremely problematic when I'm running virtualized machines, or leaving it on as my ssh server.
    I would like to know:

    1) What does this process actually do
    2) Why is it consuming my RAM?
    3) How can I resolve this issue?

    Regards.

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    Re: gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    I have this too, in Jaunty..

    gvfsd ate up all RAM and swap..

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    Re: gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    I'm seeing this also. Any ideas? I'm on Jaunty.

    L

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    Re: gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    Me too. I found that gvfsd had consumed all available RAM and swap on my system. I filed a bug report (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...fs/+bug/433500.)

    If you have any further information on this, please add it to the report.

    thanks,
    hank

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    Re: gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    I am experiencing this problem also. Has anyone found a solution to the problem?

    Edit: apparently rebooting fixes the problem, at least temporarily. It would be nice to know what caused the leak in the first place though.
    Last edited by mattman; October 18th, 2009 at 02:03 PM.
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    Re: gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    Ditto...Virtual Memory is 6.2 gigs and Resident is 4.7 gigs...no apps open

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    Re: gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    Hmmm I have Karmic and I had a similar problem on 64 bit with udevd. I have 4GB ddr3 ram and a 5GB swap and It was on 100%. I used
    Code:
    killall udevd
    and I have never had the same problem again.

    I suggest upgrading to karmic.

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    Red face Re: gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    Quote Originally Posted by llawwehttam View Post
    5GB swap


    BTW, upgrading to Karmic is not a solution.Nor is killing udev a sane option.
    Last edited by Anubis; January 19th, 2010 at 02:06 PM.

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    Re: gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    Take all disks out of your CD/DVD drives. That fixes it for me. (You don't get your memory back, but it stops increasing)

    Apparently gvfsd has a rather embarassing bug which causes it to leak memory forever if you have a CD in your CD drive. I'm amazed this hasn't been fixed yet. Almost as bad as Windows updates lol

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    Re: gvfsd process - Memory leakage?

    I had this same issue, and it was because I was running Windows 7 in Virtual Box - with my iPhone plugged in.... I physically unplugged the phone, ended the GVFSD process, and plugged the phone back in, and the file didn't continue to grow like it had been growing... ~update~ a few minutes later the file popped back up and continued to grow larger... as soon as I unplug the phone, it stops.... but then when its plugged in, it eventually starts getting larger..
    Last edited by dustinsilva; March 16th, 2010 at 05:18 PM.

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