Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

Last modified 11 years ago

#3223 closed defect (worksforme)

Possible Memory leak

Reported by: fishpool Owned by: datallah
Milestone: Component: winpidgin (gtk)
Version: 2.2.0 Keywords:


Pidgin is currently using 60megs of ram, while not much, its much higher than normal i merely have it running, no IM window open or anything.

I think its starts around 30 or so, i can restart and check if that helps.

Change History (28)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

sorry, Forgot, Windows XP SP2

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by lschiere

  • Component changed from unclassified to winpidgin (gtk)
  • Owner changed from lschiere to datallah

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by datallah

  • pending changed from 0 to 1

Which plugins and protocols are you using?

comment:4 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

  • pending changed from 1 to 0

Im on MSC, IRC, AIM, and GTalk.

Enabled Plugins are: Buddy List Options, Buddy State Notification, Conversation Badger, Extended Preferences, History, Inconify on Away, Message Timestamp Formats, Offline Message Emulation, Pidgin GTK+ Theme Control, Psychic Mode, Release Notification, Text Replacement, Timestamp, Windows Pidgin Options

I know that some of those are third party, is there any other way i can help to track this down?

Not sure if this helps, but im back down to 43 megs or so, and i know that when i saw that it was rather higher than normal i was uploading a large file someplace else, i don;t think that it should have impacted pidgin though

comment:5 Changed 12 years ago by datallah

There are some xmpp memory leaks in 2.2.0 that have since been fixed, without any other information, I'm going to assume that is what you're seeing.

comment:6 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

is there any other information i can provide you. literally at the time it was just the buddy list window and nothing else, hence why i was so confused at the memory usage.

comment:7 Changed 12 years ago by trpnblies7

I noticed Pidgin using a huge amount of memory tonight. It was at 130 megs. I don't remember how long it had been running previously, but that still seems like an awful lot of memory to be using. I restarted the program and it starts at 20 megs. I'll have to keep an eye on it to see if it starts to rise again.

I'm on AIM, MSN, and GTalk and have the following plugins enabled (though I have the entire purple plugin pack installed): Buddy List Options, Buddy Notes, Buddy State Notification, Conversation Colors, I'dle Mak'er, List Handler, Message Notification, Message Timestamp Formats, and Windows Pidgin Options.

comment:8 Changed 12 years ago by trpnblies7

And I'm on Windows XP SP2 as well

comment:9 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

i think there is still a memory leak, while i am no longer reaching 160+megs of usage it still continues to climb the longer i have it open. 2.2.1

comment:10 Changed 12 years ago by trpnblies7

I've had version 2.2.1 open for about two and a half days and it's at 186 megs. Yikes.

comment:11 follow-up: Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

did the xmpp memory leak fixes make it into 2.2.1?

comment:12 in reply to: ↑ 11 Changed 12 years ago by datallah

Replying to fishpool:

did the xmpp memory leak fixes make it into 2.2.1?


comment:13 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

what can we do to help find you? are others experiencing this?

comment:14 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

what can we do to help you find it*

comment:15 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

saved a debug log, it was 4megs, so its off-site. hope im not being annoying, its just the first time I've had a problem with pidgin/gaim that made it difficult to use.

started at 30megs or so, when saved the debug was at 78ish.

another note was after saving the debug log, pidgin shot up to 105 megs of use and i had to restart it.

comment:16 Changed 12 years ago by mendeh

i am also noticing a memory problem with pidgin in 2.2.0 and still in 2.2.1. when first opened its around 21 megs and keeps growing until around 80-90 megs when i notice my computer slowing down and then i close and reopen it to free the memory. i am only running the aim protocol and no plugins.

comment:17 Changed 12 years ago by mendeh

i am aslo using windows xp pro sp2

comment:18 Changed 12 years ago by trpnblies7

After three and a half days open, it's up to 201 megs. I noticed that if I minimize Pidgin, the memory resets to a very low number and begins slowly going up again.

comment:19 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

i see the same thing with minimizing, it went from 105, to 10, and when i brought it back up to 85 - but crept slowly back up

comment:20 Changed 12 years ago by mendeh

you seem to be on to something with the minimizing. when minimized it stays at a low constant memory usage but as soon as i unminimize it and bring up the buddy list the memory usage begins to steadily climb.

comment:21 Changed 12 years ago by dave1g

weird, i just tried that and it works. Pidgin was at 24 megs, minimized the buddylist it went down to 4 megs, restored it, shot to 6, then steadily climbed to 10 sending an IMM to myself, added another 2 megs to make 12 total, but I its not getting back up to the original 24 megs.... the im window has similar effect, pidgin is taking up less than 2 megs at the moment from an original 24! using pidgin 2.2.2 on windows xp

comment:22 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

ditto. seems fixed in 2.2.2.

comment:23 Changed 12 years ago by fishpool

this is fixed and can be closed (at least i think so as it is only using 40 megs and doesn't go high any more)

comment:24 Changed 12 years ago by datallah

  • Resolution set to worksforme
  • Status changed from new to closed

comment:25 Changed 11 years ago by Hauskaz

Hello, I am running Pidgin 2.5.1 on Windows XP SP2 and I am still getting this same memory usage issue. Pidgin will start somewhere around 20 MB and slowly rise up to 148 MB before crashing. The minimize trick does work with the same effects as listed above, however. I have the Buddy State Notification, Release Notification and Text Replacement plugins enabled.

comment:26 Changed 11 years ago by deryni

Are you using wallpaper changing software?

comment:27 Changed 11 years ago by Hauskaz

No. In addition, I'd like to correct my previous comment: I am using Windows XP SP3, not SP2.

comment:28 Changed 11 years ago by dave1g

try setting this environment variable


i noticed it seems to slow down, but not stop, the memory growth in #6248

also you might want to follow the discussion here, I'm current trying to look into memory leaks in pidgin, i think they are in the windows glib/gtk implementations and not pidgin itself. or possibly pidgin is misusing one of the apis but still.

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