Ubuntu – What is the nm-applet and why does it take so much memory

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I was wondering why my memory useage was so high, what is this thing that take a whopping 1.2GB of memory.

Please and thank you.

Best Answer

  • I experienced the same on my 12.04 installation. After a little research it appeared that it was just a GUI component (representing the icon in the status bar), and killing it will not affect the network connections.

    SO I killed it and launched a new one from my terminal. Resource manager showed an immediate drop of 1.5 GB of RAM consumption.

    killall nm-applet
    nm-applet &
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