[mythtv-users] XMAS 1.9 theme memory leak?

Paul Harrison mythtv at sky.com
Sun Dec 16 11:30:06 UTC 2018

On 13/12/2018 04:46, marcus hall wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 05:21:16PM +1300, Stephen Worthington wrote:
>> It is not systemd that runs and restarts mythfrontend.  ...
> Actually, I have built a systemd unit file that runs mythfrontend, so on
> this system, it does.  I run directly under the X server, no window manager
> involved.  Mostly because this is a dedicated system running into my
> AV switcher and then into the TV.
> It turns out that the 1.8 XMAS seems to be overwritten when I updated to the
> 1.9 version, so I can't just back up to the older version for testing.  But
> I was running it for several days without any issue.  I have switched back
> to the non-XMAS theme, and the system is running fine for most of the day.
> It took only the morning to run out of swap space, so this looks like the
> problem..  I will swap back to the 1.9 XMAS theme shortly to re-verify that
> this stimulates the problem.
> I could try it on a different system, but this is the only one I run in wide
> mode and keep running for extended time..
> marcus hall
> marcus at tuells.org

Sorry meant to send this to the list not just Marcus.

Has you can see from the change log bottom of the screen here :-


There wasn't a lot of changes between 1.8 and 1.9 so hard to see why you
are having problems. The only thing that may be causing a problem is the
animated gif added to the popup menu but I have the theme on various
systems and haven't seen any problems.

The Christmas themes are a little more memory hungry than most themes
simply because they have a lot of background images, I keep adding more
each year which doesn't help  , but what should happen is the image
memory cache with fill up to a limit, about 70Mb if I recall correctly,
and then will swap out old images to disk when the cache is full.

If you really want you can still download 1.8 from here


Click on 'Clone or Download' and download the zip. You can then replace
the 1.9 version in ~/.mythtv/themes with this version.


Paul H.

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