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dbus-daemon is consuming a lot of memory on my Debian 9/KDE machine. How can I find out why?


The amount of allocated RAM is not changing anymore: it's stable at well over 3GB. I already tried closing my browser which uses most memory as well as any other applications I had opened (not many). I also tried removing some widgets from my desktop.

I also ran dbus-monitor which outputs:

signal time=.. sender=org.freedesktop.DBus -> destination=:1.152 serial=2 path=/org/freedesktop/DBus; interface=org.freedesktop.DBus; member=NameAcquired
   string ":1.152"

signal time=.. sender=org.freedesktop.DBus -> destination=:1.152 serial=4 path=/org/freedesktop/DBus; interface=org.freedesktop.DBus; member=NameLost
   string ":1.152"

and skimmed over the thousands of entries in sudo kate /var/log/syslog. But I still don't see what's causing this.

What to look for in syslog? Is there a log that gets enabled once processes exceed e.g. specified resource thresholds? What is causing this memory-usage?

Should I run sudo service dbus restart?

  • You need to clarify which and whose dbus-daemon this is. – JdeBP Nov 19 '18 at 12:38
  • /usr/bin/dbus-daemon and my username. Or what do you mean? Also it just reduced by around half of the RAM. Otherwise the allocated amount doesn't change. – mYnDstrEAm Nov 19 '18 at 13:14
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The dbus-deamon is the messenger between applications. It may be that the dbus-deamon is being flooded with chatter between two or more applications on the system, for one reason or another.

  • I would close all non-essential apps one at a time while monitoring the resource use.
  • The messages between apps may not even be error related, so they may not be reported by the monitor unless you make it more verbose.
  • I would then attempt to resart the dbus-deamon only if the above does not bare fruit.

If you find that there is an app/apps that is causing this, I would then try to figure why those apps are behaving that way. You could then look through logs about that/those programs and find the cause.

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