My system has 32GB RAM. I'm running Gentoo Linux and using GIMP 2.9
updated very recently.
I opened five or six large (1 to 2 GB each) XCF files and then closed
all but one of the files (not having an image browser that can produce a
thumbnail for GIMP 2.9 XCF files, I was trying to figure out which file
After closing all but one of the files, GIMP was still using 27GB
virtual/25GB resident, and 79% of total RAM. I tried to decompose a
layer in the single remaining open file and got the following two error
Unable to run plug-in "decompose"
Failed to fork (Cannot allocate memory)
Execution error for 'Decompose':
Failed to run plug-in "decompose"
Closing GIMP and then restarting and reopening just the one file
resulted in much less RAM usage, and there was no problem with
decomposing the layer.
There are several RAM-related open bug reports, but all of them seem to
be about Windows and/or GIMP 2.8.
Tying up all that memory means other applications sometimes don't have
enough temp space to function properly. For example I repeated the "open
a bunch of XCF files and close all but one" procedure to verify that it
really is a reproducible problem, and Thunderbird couldn't save a copy
of this email as a draft message.
I think maybe GIMP (and/or GEGL?) really isn't releasing RAM when it
should. But maybe also I have some incompatible settings:
1. In System Resources in GIMP Preferences, I have the tile cache size
set to 15GB - too much?
2. I allocated 12GB as a dynamically expanding tmp file in fstab (tmpfs
/tmp tmpfs noatime,nodiratime,size=12G 0 0).
3. I use the following lines to start GIMP:
Are the above three settings for RAM usage perhaps in conflict with one
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