~/.xsession-errors is 2.7gb big (and growing), on fresh install, caused by gnome-settings-daemon errors

Posted by Alex Black on Ask Ubuntu See other posts from Ask Ubuntu or by Alex Black
Published on 2010-11-20T03:37:18Z Indexed on 2011/01/07 14:59 UTC
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I've just installed Ubuntu 10.10 x64, activated the recommended Nvidia drivers, and I noticed my hard disk space is disappearing, I narrowed the culprit down to this:

[email protected]:~$ ls -la .x*
-rw------- 1 alex alex 4436076400 2010-11-19 22:35 .xsession-errors
-rw------- 1 alex alex      10495 2010-11-19 21:46 .xsession-errors.old

Any idea what this file is, why its so big, and why its growing? A few seconds later:

[email protected]:~$ ls -la .x*
-rw------- 1 alex alex 5143604317 2010-11-19 22:36 .xsession-errors
-rw------- 1 alex alex      10495 2010-11-19 21:46 .xsession-errors.old

tailing it:

[email protected]:~$ tail .xsession-errors

(gnome-settings-daemon:1514): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion `G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed

(gnome-settings-daemon:1514): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion `G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed

(gnome-settings-daemon:1514): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion `G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed

(gnome-settings-daemon:1514): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion `G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed

(gnome-settings-daemon:1514): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion `G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed

Also, the process "gnome-settings" seems to be using 100% cpu:

 PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND     
1514 alex      20   0  268m  10m 7044 R  100  0.1   7:06.10 gnome-settings- 

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