Running an X11 session sits around 2.5GB. On Wayland, RAM usage is well over 3.5 GB (even after disabling services like KDE Wallet, Calendar, etc). Is there something I can do to lower this? Running the system monitor/htop shows a surprising amount of RAM being used by plasma shell. Firefox seems to be taking more RAM than I’m used to when it’s running, too.
I read in another thread about balooctl, and that’s currently disabled.
Edit: This is really low and i couldn’t care less if it was using 4 GB or more. It doesn’t change one iota how my system works. I have 32 GB memory and it will never used too much. If the system isn’t working properly it’s not a ram issue. It’s software in most cases causing the issue.
After pulling out my old time laptop ( very old ) and running Plasma Wayland session, it’s using 2.G mem and 50% of all 4 cores for videos. This old time laptop is smoking my fairly new i7. Out with the new and in with the old.
That’s a lot more reasonable, and closer to my general experience on Plasma. I was close to that earlier today, and I’m not sure if it was from applying system updates or the result of disabling a bunch of services.
Starting a bunch of volatile apps and then killing a few services based on a single, aggregate number seems like a scattershot in the dark. What are the actual number of individual processes in comparison? And if we care about available memory wouldn’t it be appropriate to utilize some swap?
It feels that all of that may be premature optimization and completely inconsequential to the whatever the actual experience is going to be. Hard to tell without having the system under load.
I should try to explain the situation better- initially, I was having a surprising amount of CPU usage and RAM usage, specifically when logging into a plasma-wayland session. This was having an impact on performance to the point of kicking the fans on when running 2-3 tabs on firefox.
I did manually disable baloo ^ which I mentioned in the first post, and that did help with the CPU load. However, the RAM consumption stays really high on wayland. That’s not arbitrarily high, but high in comparison to how those same apps and processes behaved on X.
It started to cause some stuttering when I was working on graphics, specifically a 300dpi print. I was also feeling some lag in general use, such as changing workspaces/opening applications.
Last night I decided to just try some other DE’s/WM’s. I landed on Cinnamon as a temporary fix because it’s one of the few X11 based desktops that handles my 4k/5k displays without tinkering.
I’ll probably come back to Plasma in a few months, maybe after 6 drops. I didn’t experience these same issues when I participated in Fedora 40 KDE test week.
I don’t think this is an Endeavour/Arch issue, sorry if I didn’t make that clear earlier. It has to be something with Plasma or how I configured my system.