Tumblerd causes system crash (OOM)

Auke Kok auke at foo-projects.org
Fri Feb 17 18:36:02 CET 2012

On 02/16/2012 04:44 PM, Jannis Pohlmann wrote:
> On Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:58:18 +0100
> Clemens Eisserer<linuxhippy at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I already reported a problem with tumblerd some time ago (bug 8208),
>> where it would keep file-descriptors open which made it impossible to
>> unmount my external disk without killing it first.
>> Unfourtunatly nothing has happend.
>> However, recently I ran into much servere problems - when I change
>> directory to my media folder using Thunar, tumblerd immediatly starts
>> allocating huge amounts of memory and within a few seconds the OOM
>> killer does its job and kills half of my system (including X of
>> course).
>> There really seem to be some outstanding bugs for tumblerd/gstreamer,
>> is there any way to disable tumblerd/gstreamer interaction?
>> Is there anything I can do, to get these bugs fixed, as they hurt
>> user-experience quite a lot.
> What you can do is remove the gstreamer plugin
> from /usr/share/lib/tumblerd (or /usr/local, depending on your setup).
> I figure that we'll need to drop the GStreamer plugin and replace
> it with something new. It's just too buggy and the code was written by
> someone else who is not involved with Xfce or Tumbler development at
> all.

That's a shame - gstreamer is the only multimedia framework that is 
portable and written as a true component. I think we should try and work 
these bugs out, I have a very big preference to keep gstreamer as it's 
the only media framework that you will find on all distro's.

Have you talked to Ross about the problems?

Is this using gst-ffmpeg or some other media plugin?


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