Opensuse 15.5 slows down and freezes in use, goes nto a coma when idle for a while

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Sorry! I just noticed that my previous inxi -Fm was not as superuser. Here are the correct data.

Shannon@localhost:~> sudo inxi -Fm
[sudo] password for root: 
System:
  Host: localhost.localdomain Kernel: 5.14.21-150500.55.36-default arch: x86_64 bits: 64
    Console: pty pts/1 Distro: openSUSE Leap 15.5
Machine:
  Type: Desktop System: HP product: HP Pavilion Desktop TP01-2xxx v: N/A serial: 2MO32334LP
  Mobo: HP model: 8906 v: SMVB serial: PLEQT0ICYHY2Q1 UEFI: AMI v: F.22 date: 04/19/2023
Memory:
  RAM: total: 7.09 GiB used: 6.07 GiB (85.6%)
  Array-1: capacity: 128 GiB note: check slots: 2 EC: None
  Device-1: DIMM 1 type: DDR4 size: 4 GiB speed: 3200 MT/s
  Device-2: DIMM 2 type: DDR4 size: 4 GiB speed: 3200 MT/s
CPU:
  Info: quad core model: AMD Ryzen 3 5300G with Radeon Graphics bits: 64 type: MT MCP cache:
    L2: 2 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1512 min/max: 1400/4000 cores: 1: 1400 2: 1700 3: 1400 4: 1700 5: 1700
    6: 1400 7: 1400 8: 1400
Graphics:
  Device-1: AMD Cezanne [Radeon Vega Series / Radeon Mobile Series] driver: amdgpu v: kernel
  Display: x11 server: X.org v: 1.21.1.4 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.5 driver: X: loaded: modesetting
    unloaded: fbdev,vesa dri: radeonsi gpu: amdgpu tty: 110x51 resolution: 1920x1080
  API: OpenGL Message: GL data unavailable in console for root.
Audio:
  Device-1: AMD Renoir Radeon High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
  Device-2: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
  Sound API: ALSA v: k5.14.21-150500.55.36-default running: yes
  Sound Server-1: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.64 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8822CE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter driver: rtw_8822ce
  IF: wlan0 state: up mac: bc:f4:d4:bd:03:b5
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet driver: r8169
  IF: eth0 state: down mac: e0:73:e7:0e:09:28
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Realtek Bluetooth Radio type: USB driver: btusb
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 state: up address: see --recommends
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 5.69 TiB used: 312.66 GiB (5.4%)
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: KIOXIA model: N/A size: 238.47 GiB
  ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: DT01ACA100 size: 931.51 GiB
  ID-3: /dev/sdb type: USB model: One Touch HDD size: 4.55 TiB
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 684.87 GiB used: 310.69 GiB (45.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
  ID-2: /boot/efi size: 511 MiB used: 5.1 MiB (1.0%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda2
  ID-3: /home size: 684.87 GiB used: 310.69 GiB (45.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
  ID-4: /opt size: 684.87 GiB used: 310.69 GiB (45.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
  ID-5: /tmp size: 684.87 GiB used: 310.69 GiB (45.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
  ID-6: /var size: 684.87 GiB used: 310.69 GiB (45.4%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
Swap:
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 2 GiB used: 1.97 GiB (98.2%) dev: /dev/sda4
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 34.4 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 31.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
  Processes: 463 Uptime: 0h 22m Init: systemd target: graphical (5) Shell: Bash inxi: 3.3.23
Shannon@localhost:~> 

Thank you for the advice.

Was helped with keyboard problem, so now I can boot to something other than the default Opensuse 15.5.
Here is free with only Firefox running:

Shannon@localhost:~> sudo free
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7432612     6773992      177832       34576      771292      658620
Swap:       2097856     2097744         112
Shannon@localhost:~> 

Here is today’s inxi -Fm, Preformatted Text

Shannon@localhost:~> sudo inxi -Fm
[sudo] password for root: 
System:
  Host: localhost.localdomain Kernel: 5.14.21-150500.55.36-default arch: x86_64
    bits: 64 Console: pty pts/1 Distro: openSUSE Leap 15.5
Machine:
  Type: Desktop System: HP product: HP Pavilion Desktop TP01-2xxx v: N/A
    serial: 2MO32334LP
  Mobo: HP model: 8906 v: SMVB serial: PLEQT0ICYHY2Q1 UEFI: AMI v: F.30
    date: 07/24/2023
Memory:
  RAM: total: 7.09 GiB used: 6.49 GiB (91.6%)
  Array-1: capacity: 128 GiB note: check slots: 2 EC: None
  Device-1: DIMM 1 type: DDR4 size: 4 GiB speed: 3200 MT/s
  Device-2: DIMM 2 type: DDR4 size: 4 GiB speed: 3200 MT/s
CPU:
  Info: quad core model: AMD Ryzen 3 5300G with Radeon Graphics bits: 64
    type: MT MCP cache: L2: 2 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1400 min/max: 1400/4000 cores: 1: 1400 2: 1400 3: 1400
    4: 1400 5: 1400 6: 1400 7: 1400 8: 1400
Graphics:
  Device-1: AMD Cezanne [Radeon Vega Series / Radeon Mobile Series] driver: amdgpu
    v: kernel
  Display: x11 server: X.org v: 1.21.1.4 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.5 driver: X:
    loaded: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa dri: radeonsi gpu: amdgpu tty: 84x39
    resolution: 1920x1080
  API: OpenGL Message: GL data unavailable in console for root.
Audio:
  Device-1: AMD Renoir Radeon High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
  Device-2: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
  Sound API: ALSA v: k5.14.21-150500.55.36-default running: yes
  Sound Server-1: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.64 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8822CE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
    driver: rtw_8822ce
  IF: wlan0 state: up mac: bc:f4:d4:bd:03:b5
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet driver: r8169
  IF: eth0 state: down mac: e0:73:e7:0e:09:28
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Realtek Bluetooth Radio type: USB driver: btusb
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 state: up address: see --recommends
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 5.69 TiB used: 311.71 GiB (5.3%)
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: KIOXIA model: N/A size: 238.47 GiB
  ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: DT01ACA100 size: 931.51 GiB
  ID-3: /dev/sdb type: USB model: One Touch HDD size: 4.55 TiB
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 684.87 GiB used: 309.67 GiB (45.2%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
  ID-2: /boot/efi size: 511 MiB used: 45.9 MiB (9.0%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda2
  ID-3: /home size: 684.87 GiB used: 309.67 GiB (45.2%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
  ID-4: /opt size: 684.87 GiB used: 309.67 GiB (45.2%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
  ID-5: /tmp size: 684.87 GiB used: 309.67 GiB (45.2%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
  ID-6: /var size: 684.87 GiB used: 309.67 GiB (45.2%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda3
Swap:
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 2 GiB used: 2 GiB (100.0%) dev: /dev/sda4
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 30.6 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 28.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
  Processes: 466 Uptime: 0h 53m Init: systemd target: graphical (5) Shell: Bash
  inxi: 3.3.23
Shannon@localhost:~> 

Today’s htop -Fm with only Firefox running


    0[                                      0.0%]   4[||||||                                11.6%]
    1[||                                    1.2%]   5[|                                      0.6%]
    2[                                      0.0%]   6[|                                      0.6%]
    3[|                                     0.6%]   7[|                                      0.6%]
  Mem[|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||6.34G/7.09G] Tasks: 280, 2096 thr, 198 kthr; 2 running
  Swp[|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||1.79G/2.00G] Load average: 0.54 0.78 0.74 
                                                  Uptime: 01:14:46

  [Main] [I/O]
  PID USER       PRI  NI  VIRT   RES   SHR S  CPU% MEM%▽  TIME+  Command
 1889 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:41.45 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1897 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.26 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1898 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.65 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1899 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.21 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1900 Shannon     39  19 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1901 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1902 Shannon     39  19 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.05 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1904 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 2039 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.44 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3042 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3048 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3601 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.12 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3681 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.01 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3691 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3692 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3727 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8865 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8866 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8867 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.01 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8868 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.01 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8869 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.08 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8870 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.01 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8871 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8872 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8873 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8874 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 8875 Shannon     20   0 3924M  211M 33440 S   0.0  2.9  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
F1Help  F2Setup F3SearchF4FILTERF5Tree  F6SortByF7Nice -F8Nice +F9Kill  F10Quit  
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It seems you applied some strange setting or filter to htop, as only a unbelievable small amount of threads/processes are shown. It does not even show the Firefox processes…so your htop output is useless as the settings are to strict to see anything usefulll…

You’re right! When I saved the htop output I didn’t realize that it would give only the part visible on the screen instead of the whole output. I’ll try again, but htop always shows what seems to me to be very little memory usage.

I ran a test with free this morning and the results are below. First, I booted the computer, then I started Firefox, then I shut Firefox down and started Thunderbird, then I shut down Thunderbird.

Shannon@localhost:~> free  **Just Booted**
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7432516     6473676      140704       23668     1095680      958840
Swap:       2097856        3864     2093992
Shannon@localhost:~> free  **Firefox started, not used**
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7432516     6739776      147292       30100      855528      692740
Swap:       2097856     1437816      660040
Shannon@localhost:~> free  **Firefox shut down**
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7432516     5419176     1189652        7104     1129104     2013340
Swap:       2097856     1527252      570604
Shannon@localhost:~> free **Thunderbird started, not used**
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7432516     5667336      119092       16904     1966200     1765180
Swap:       2097856     1613612      484244
Shannon@localhost:~> free  **Thunderbird shut down**
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7432516     5392072      416968        9756     1936392     2040444
Swap:       2097856     1623124      474732
Shannon@localhost:~> 

Here is the top of htop with everything shut down.


    0[|                                                                          0.6%]   4[|                                                                          0.6%]
    1[|                                                                          0.6%]   5[||                                                                         1.2%]
    2[||                                                                         1.3%]   6[                                                                           0.0%]
    3[||||||                                                                     7.5%]   7[|                                                                          0.6%]
  Mem[|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||     4.66G/7.09G] Tasks: 242, 1245 thr, 199 kthr; 2 running
  Swp[||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||1.84G/2.00G] Load average: 0.18 0.40 0.90 
                                                                                       Uptime: 00:33:39

  [Main] [I/O]
  PID USER       PRI  NI  VIRT   RES  SHR  S  CPU%  MEM%▽ TIME+  Command
 1934 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.6  2.5  0:22.03 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1936 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.13 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1937 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.34 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1938 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.17 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1939 Shannon     39  19 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1940 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1941 Shannon     39  19 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.02 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 1944 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 2277 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.43 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 2960 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 2971 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3260 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.04 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3628 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 3641 Shannon     20   0 2358M  180M 71208 S   0.0  2.5  0:00.00 /usr/bin/plasmashell --no-respawn
 6811 Shannon     20   0 1067M  157M  123M S   0.0  2.2  0:02.38 /usr/bin/kate -b /home/Shannon/Documents/Computer/Freeze_Problem_2023-11/Test_2023-12-02/Free_booted_plus_fi
 6813 Shannon     20   0 1067M  157M  123M S   0.0  2.2  0:00.00 /usr/bin/kate -b /home/Shannon/Documents/Computer/Freeze_Problem_2023-11/Test_2023-12-02/Free_booted_plus_fi
 6814 Shannon     20   0 1067M  157M  123M S   0.0  2.2  0:00.12 /usr/bin/kate -b /home/Shannon/Documents/Computer/Freeze_Problem_2023-11/Test_2023-12-02/Free_booted_plus_fi
 6817 Shannon     20   0 1067M  157M  123M S   0.0  2.2  0:00.00 /usr/bin/kate -b /home/Shannon/Documents/Computer/Freeze_Problem_2023-11/Test_2023-12-02/Free_booted_plus_fi
 6818 Shannon     39  19 1067M  157M  123M S   0.0  2.2  0:00.00 /usr/bin/kate -b /home/Shannon/Documents/Computer/Freeze_Problem_2023-11/Test_2023-12-02/Free_booted_plus_fi
 6819 Shannon     20   0 1067M  157M  123M S   0.0  2.2  0:00.00 /usr/bin/kate -b /home/Shannon/Documents/Computer/Freeze_Problem_2023-11/Test_2023-12-02/Free_booted_plus_fi
 6820 Shannon     39  19 1067M  157M  123M S   0.0  2.2  0:00.00 /usr/bin/kate -b /home/Shannon/Documents/Computer/Freeze_Problem_2023-11/Test_2023-12-02/Free_booted_plus_fi
 6822 Shannon     20   0 1067M  157M  123M S   0.0  2.2  0:00.01 /usr/bin/kate -b /home/Shannon/Documents/Computer/Freeze_Problem_2023-11/Test_2023-12-02/Free_booted_plus_fi
 1342 root        20   0  887M 83444 38676 S   3.1  1.1  0:43.36 /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /run/sddm/{ab9d7112-226b-4610-91bc-b90606382d5b} -background none -noreset -d
 1462 root        20   0  887M 83444 38676 S   0.0  1.1  0:02.42 /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /run/sddm/{ab9d7112-226b-4610-91bc-b90606382d5b} -background none -noreset -d
 1470 root        39  19  887M 83444 38676 S   0.0  1.1  0:00.00 /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /run/sddm/{ab9d7112-226b-4610-91bc-b90606382d5b} -background none -noreset -d
 1471 root        20   0  887M 83444 38676 S   0.0  1.1  0:00.00 /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /run/sddm/{ab9d7112-226b-4610-91bc-b90606382d5b} -background none -noreset -d
 1472 root        39  19  887M 83444 38676 S   0.0  1.1  0:00.02 /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /run/sddm/{ab9d7112-226b-4610-91bc-b90606382d5b} -background none -noreset -d
 1473 root        20   0  887M 83444 38676 S   0.0  1.1  0:00.00 /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /run/sddm/{ab9d7112-226b-4610-91bc-b90606382d5b} -background none -noreset -d
 1563 root        20   0  887M 83444 38676 S   0.6  1.1  0:05.42 /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /run/sddm/{ab9d7112-226b-4610-91bc-b90606382d5b} -background none -noreset -d
 3815 root        20   0  887M 83444 38676 S   0.0  1.1  0:00.00 /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /run/sddm/{ab9d7112-226b-4610-91bc-b90606382d5b} -background none -noreset -d
 3893 root        39  19  887M 83444 38676 S   0.0  1.1  0:00.00 /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /run/sddm/{ab9d7112-226b-4610-91bc-b90606382d5b} -background none -noreset -d
 3144 Shannon     20   0 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.6  0.8  0:00.34 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3524 Shannon     20   0 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.01 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3527 Shannon     20   0 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.04 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3529 Shannon     20   0 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.00 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3530 Shannon     39  19 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.00 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3534 Shannon     20   0 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.00 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3535 Shannon     39  19 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.00 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3547 Shannon     20   0 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.00 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3551 Shannon     20   0 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.00 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3570 Shannon     20   0 1335M 58800 29488 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.00 /usr/bin/akonadi_archivemail_agent --identifier akonadi_archivemail_agent
 3367 Shannon     20   0 1335M 57656 28588 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.32 /usr/bin/akonadi_mailfilter_agent --identifier akonadi_mailfilter_agent
 3523 Shannon     20   0 1335M 57656 28588 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.01 /usr/bin/akonadi_mailfilter_agent --identifier akonadi_mailfilter_agent
 3528 Shannon     20   0 1335M 57656 28588 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.04 /usr/bin/akonadi_mailfilter_agent --identifier akonadi_mailfilter_agent
 3531 Shannon     20   0 1335M 57656 28588 S   0.0  0.8  0:00.00 /usr/bin/akonadi_mailfilter_agent --identifier akonadi_mailfilter_agent
F1Help  F2Setup F3SearchF4FILTERF5Tree  F6SortByF7Nice -F8Nice +F9Kill  F10Quit  

6GiB used memory on a just booted system is really a lot. I have about 3GiB on a system running for quite some time, having Chromium (several tabs), Thunderbird and Firefox (actually, Tor) with several tabs, several terminal windows and torrent in background (and usual system stuff like NetworkManager).

You probably need to start with investigating what consumes this amount of memory when you do nothing.

Try:

System Settings → Desktop Session

Look at the setting for “On login, launch apps that were open”

You probably have the “On last logout” checked, and that is starting up a lot of background processes.

Try setting that to “Start with an empty session”. That should give you a startup with a lot less memory usage.

Personally, I have it set to “When session was manually saved”. I can then have it start up with only what I really need.

Thanks! I’ll check it out.

I probably have to add that I have two VMs, one GNOME, another KDE, and KDE does consume more memory and is swapping much more than GNOME. Maybe you should consider some more lightweight desktop environment.

Out of curiosity, I checked my wife’s computer (same hardware, same Opensuse installation). The results are similar and she complains about its slowness.

JoAnne@localhost:~> free **Firefox and Thunderbird running**
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7432620     5957236      611940       95360     1223752     1475384
Swap:       2097856     2033484       64372
JoAnne@localhost:~> 

A lot of swap used and swap is very slow. compared to RAM. IMO add more RAM, 8Gig is low for your apparent usage

Just did a restart after changing settings to “Start with empty session”. Here is the free result:

Shannon@localhost:~> free **"Start with Empty Session**
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7432500     2314508     2691204       32396     2762344     5117992
Swap:       2097856           0     2097856
Shannon@localhost:~>

and after starting Firefox and Kate:

Shannon@localhost:~> free
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7432500     3855788      355208       94076     3618740     3576712
Swap:       2097856           0     2097856
Shannon@localhost:~> 

Thanks! This seems to have taken care of the problem. It’s never caused me problems before. Will post any further developments.

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Just for information, here is what I get on my older computer:

juanito@localhost:~> free  **Nothing running**
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:        7041572     1246696     3920856       21404     2200572     5794876
Swap:       2097856           0     2097856
juanito@localhost:~>
top - 20:17:32 up 1 day,  5:43,  4 users,  load average: 0.17, 0.13, 0.05
Tasks: 205 total,   2 running, 203 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
%Cpu(s):  0.5 us,  0.4 sy,  0.0 ni, 99.0 id,  0.1 wa,  0.0 hi,  0.0 si,  0.0 st
MiB Mem : 6876.535 total, 3620.828 free, 1369.973 used, 2215.254 buff/cache
MiB Swap: 2048.688 total, 2048.688 free,    0.000 used. 5506.562 avail Mem 

  PID USER      PR  NI    VIRT    RES    SHR S  %CPU  %MEM     TIME+ COMMAND                                  
 2124 juanito   20   0 3076020 321552 177944 S 1.325 4.566   0:15.44 plasmashell                              
  936 root      20   0  294656  18664  16148 S 0.662 0.265   0:26.95 NetworkManager                           
 2050 juanito   20   0 1547472 177540 127840 S 0.662 2.521   0:09.63 kwin_x11                                 
 2515 juanito   20   0 1515552 147064 121060 S 0.662 2.089   0:08.50 konsole                                  
 6083 root      20   0  799000 128484  85372 S 0.662 1.825   1:13.61 X                                        
 1609 root      20   0       0      0      0 I 0.331 0.000   0:00.47 kworker/1:1-events                       
 2049 juanito   20   0 1587568 148080 118088 S 0.331 2.103   0:01.10 kded5                                    
 2605 juanito   20   0   23368   4296   3664 R 0.331 0.061   0:01.18 top                                      
 2632 root      20   0       0      0      0 R 0.331 0.000   0:00.25 kworker/2:2-events                       
 2690 juanito   20   0 1678220 146168 119052 S 0.331 2.076   0:02.01 dolphin                                  
    1 root      20   0  196460  13648   9836 S 0.000 0.194   0:16.75 systemd                                  
    2 root      20   0       0      0      0 S 0.000 0.000   0:00.13 kthreadd                                 
    3 root       0 -20       0      0      0 I 0.000 0.000   0:00.00 rcu_gp                                   
    4 root       0 -20       0      0      0 I 0.000 0.000   0:00.00 rcu_par_gp                               
    8 root       0 -20       0      0      0 I 0.000 0.000   0:00.00 mm_percpu_wq                             
    9 root      20   0       0      0      0 S 0.000 0.000   0:00.00 rcu_tasks_kthre                          
   10 root      20   0       0      0      0 S 0.000 0.000   0:00.00 rcu_tasks_rude_                          
   11 root      20   0       0      0      0 S 0.000 0.000   0:00.00 rcu_tasks_trace                          
   12 root      20   0       0      0      0 S 0.000 0.000   0:00.38 ksoftirqd/0                              
   13 root      20   0       0      0      0 I 0.000 0.000   0:04.44 rcu_preempt                              
   14 root      rt   0       0      0      0 S 0.000 0.000   0:00.59 migration/0  

“Start with empty session” has reduced the problem to a livable level. I still notice that the memory and swap fill up over time, so I use a daily restart (instead of letting the computer sleep) to clean things out. There may be a bug somewhere.