Why is gnome-settings-daemon consuming a lot of memory?

Solution Verified - Updated -

Issue

  • As top is shown, gnome-settings-daemon is using a lot of memory.
top - 17:26:35 up 86 days,  9:00, 359 users,  load average: 7.16, 8.16, 8.45
Tasks: 4998 total,   1 running, 4946 sleeping,  46 stopped,   5 zombie
Cpu(s):  0.9%us,  5.1%sy,  0.1%ni, 89.0%id,  4.8%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.2%si,  0.0%st
Mem:  529226472k total, 491100416k used, 38126056k free,  1130868k buffers
Swap: 33554424k total,   640468k used, 32913956k free, 316630876k cached
  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  nFLT COMMAND                         
 6639 maxxx     20   0 8912m 8.2g 7840 S  0.0  1.6   3391:22    0 gnome-settings-                 
11777 jxxx      20   0 8842m 8.1g 7908 S  1.6  1.6   3362:15    0 gnome-settings-                 
17960 jxxxx     20   0 8815m 8.1g 7896 S 12.8  1.6   3356:22    0 gnome-settings-                 
31880 hxxxx     20   0 8790m 8.1g 7880 S 11.9  1.6   3283:33    0 gnome-settings-                 
 3902 yxxxxxxx  20   0 7036m 6.3g 7872 D  0.3  1.3   2194:04    0 gnome-settings-                 
27878 ixxxx     20   0 6425m 5.7g 7880 S  0.0  1.1   1924:27    0 gnome-settings-                 
26993 mxxxxx    20   0 6156m 5.5g 7880 S  0.0  1.1   1778:31    0 gnome-settings-                 
21838 gxxxxxx   20   0 5672m 5.0g 7880 S  0.0  1.0   1529:30    0 gnome-settings-                 
32000 txxxxxxx  20   0 5639m 5.0g 7904 S  0.0  1.0   1526:19    0 gnome-settings-                 
23637 jxxxx     20   0 5410m 4.8g 7908 S  0.0  0.9 596:38.76    0 gnome-settings-                 
 5728 kxxx      20   0 5078m 4.4g 7592 S  0.0  0.9   1254:32    0 gnome-settings-                 
20888 pxxx      20   0 5092m 4.1g  22m S  0.0  0.8   0:14.08   33 gnome-help                      
18278 exxxxx    20   0 3978m 3.4g 7896 S  5.3  0.7 796:47.53    0 gnome-settings-                 
19076 kxxxxx    20   0 3710m 3.1g 7896 S  0.0  0.6 706:28.26    0 gnome-settings-                 
12696 pxxxxxx   20   0 3666m 3.1g 7608 S  0.0  0.6 713:31.73   10 gnome-settings-                 
13653 cxxxx     20   0 3548m 2.9g 7832 S  2.2  0.6 651:47.96    0 gnome-settings-                 
21114 gxxxxxxx  20   0 3168m 2.6g 7868 S  4.1  0.5 519:55.10    0 gnome-settings-

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • gnome-settings-daemon 2.28.2-30 and prior version.

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