Ask Your Question

Very high memory usage from gnome-shell

asked 2015-09-09 11:04:45 -0600

Droidge gravatar image

When I boot into F22 gnome-shell, it starts at 60 MB. Then, as I interact with my programs, it goes around 200 MB (the average gnome-shell usage on my end). However, once in a blue moon, the entire desktop environment will start lagging and stuttering, and gnome-shell will be the culprit behind that, at more than 2 GB of memory usage.

Why does that happen? I check the problem out on various online forums, and it seems like the Nvidia drivers are what often cause the problem. However, I am using Radeon graphics. I therefore fail to see how the Nvidia drivers would affect me.


edit retag flag offensive close merge delete


Are you using any extensions? Sometimes extensions make gnome shell go crazy.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2015-09-09 12:27:53 -0600 )edit

Have you tried examining the process with tools like lsof or pmap (lsof -p PIDnumber or pmap -x PIDnumber)?

masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2015-09-09 13:16:19 -0600 )edit

1 Answer

Sort by ยป oldest newest most voted

answered 2016-11-30 11:04:47 -0600

hawk_eye gravatar image

nividia drivers cause these issues usually but radeon drivers are much worse there updates lag a lot . i think u should download as many previous versions of the radeon drivers and install that and then i think one of the previous version will stop overloading the shell and will be compatible .

edit flag offensive delete link more

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2015-09-09 11:04:45 -0600

Seen: 2,307 times

Last updated: Sep 09 '15