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what's the output from:
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cat /etc/lsb-releaseand
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uname -a

New Users / Re: Setting up buttons for Dell XT2
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:25:17 am »
Mint 19.1 shipped with the 4.15 kernel series.

it would be interesting to know if the buttons worked properly in Peppermint 9 (which also uses the 4.15 kernel series) .. could you test it with say a LiveUSB ?

You can get the Peppermint 9 ISO here:

If it works, maybe we can find a way to get you back to that kernel series.

New Users / Re: Happy new year Peppermint
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:18:30 am »
+1 what EB said :)


obviously without the "Mark" bit .. I'd look a bit daft thanking myself now wouldn't I ::)

New Users / Re: (SOLVED) Error while downloading from the Softwear Manager
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:11:48 am »
You're most welcome, thanks for marking the topic (SOLVED) :)

New Users / Re: Error while downloading from the Softwear Manager
« on: December 31, 2019, 07:37:23 am »
See this response,8893.msg90762.html#msg90762

Try running
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flatpak install flathub org.freedesktop.Platform//19.08and then see of you can install your flatpak's

The point is maybe drawing the icons on top of each other at the bottom right is what triggers the leak if there are enough icons, or there is a calculation overflow as often happens in extreme cases. Another thing in my setup is that an NTFS drive is mounted at the Desktop directory at boot time. Shouldn't matter but it had to be mentioned. Next time I see it happen, what info should I print-screen?

Next time it happens it might be handy just to get a ~/Desktop directory listing
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ls -al ~/Desktopjust to see if it's down to file TYPE maybe .. or maybe it's down to thumbnail generation.

Is this 32bit or 64bit Peppermint ? .. and which version ?
(the reason I ask is IIRC there was a problem with thumbnails for images in the 32bit version .. just wondering if it might be related)

I should add at this point that although nemo-desktop doesn't appear to 'leak' memory (at least in my tests), it also doesn't appear great at releasing memory back to the system when the added icons are deleted (garbage collection).

But ..

a) I wouldn't see this as a big deal, I mean how many desktop icons is anyone likely to create / delete / and recreate in a single session ?


b) I have no idea what the garbage collection routines triggers are .. it still may clean up after itself at some point in time, or upon a certain trigger.

At some stage I'll run a kinda 'stress' test that automates the creation and deletion of files on the desktop, and keep an eye on nemo-desktop's memory usage and garbage collection .. but obviously this isn't something likely to arise in the real world.

Nope, no change after 30+ minutes
(with an overfilled desktop)

And the point in that is ?

Okay, maybe you've found some fringe case, but I'm not seeing a memory leak under normal circumstances .. and I can't say I've noticed one with an overfilled desktop (and trust me that's my default).

But sure, I'll test the hypothesis.
(won't be hard to do as I normally have a VERY messy desktop, and often overfill it .. so the last space is stacked with icons)


Testing an overfilled desktop now .. will post back results in about half hour .. though I should add it hasn't climbed since creating the last few files.

General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year 2020
« on: December 31, 2019, 06:01:53 am »
And a happy new year to everyone from me too .. when it happens :)

After testing, I'm seeing zero evidence that nemo-desktop is leaking memory :-\
(in fact it hasn't changed memory usage AT ALL in the 30mins I've been monitoring the process)

We'll not be going back to pcmanfm because:-

a) it's NOWHERE near as feature rich, specially for desktop management.
b) It's a dead project.

Sure it's milliseconds 'snappier', but so what if it's nowhere near as configurable and comes with it's own issues ?
(I honestly can't justify "I saved a total of two or three seconds in 'snappiness' today .. oh, but at the expense of possible time wasted by not having my own nemo-action scripts / templates / plugins / etc.)

Let's just put things this way, for every person that has wanted PCManFM back, there were (at a guesstimate) 1000+ that said "Oh you've switched to Nemo, great move" ;)
(in fact I can only think of a handful of times we've been asked for pcmanfm back)

Nemo is also regularly voted (on BDLL) as tying with Dolphin for the best Linux file manager .. and I agree :)

What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: Acer Aspire One 532h
« on: December 31, 2019, 03:13:32 am »
Personally I'd give up on that now, 1GB RAM is stretching things on a modern system .. I mean open a modern web browser and you'd already be using swap space.

Unless there's an option for a RAM expansion.
(IIRC they had 512MB soldered to the board, and a single RAM slot that could take a Max of 1GB .. for 1.5GB total)

It might just about be useable with 1.5GB

If you don't mind my asking, why would you want pcmanfm over nemo ?
(specially for desktop control)

Perfect, thanks .. I'll now fix the original instructions :)

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