Ask Ubuntu Asked on December 6, 2020
Is this normal? Is there a solution?
You can safely uninstall the Snap Store app with
sudo snap remove snap-store && sudo apt install gnome-software, and if you do you will still be able to install snap apps from the terminal with
sudo snap install package-name and also to manage installed snap apps from the terminal.
There is a temporary workaround. App Outlet is another software center app that has the functionality of searching for snap packages, but if you install it locally in your home directory without root permissions (it is an appimage app) then you have to install snap packages from the terminal. If App Outlet is locally installed (What is an “AppImage”? How do I install it?) the RAM it used should be freed up when it is closed.
I don't think Snap Store's excessive RAM usage is anomalous because other Ubuntu users have also reported the same problem. I suggest that you try App Outlet without uninstalling Snap Store. If App Outlet works as a replacement for Snap Store then you can uninstall Snap Store and install the Software app with
sudo apt install gnome-software instead.
I have both Snap Store and the Software app installed in 20.04 and the RAM used by both apps is freed up when they are closed. I'm worried that your Software app will use excessive memory too, the same as the Snap Store does, but if it may solve half of the problem if it doesn't use excessive memory, and you can use App Outlet alongside the Software app as a replacement for Snap Store.
Correct answer by karel on December 6, 2020
This problem is inherited from Gnome Software, see https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-software/-/issues/942 upstream. Hence suggestions to uninstall Snap Store and replace it with Gnome Software won't fit the bill.
Answered by memeplex on December 6, 2020
Yeah its normal.
If you are not using snap-store just remove it using -
sudo snap remove snap-store
Instead you can use gnome-software
Answered by Tickler_ on December 6, 2020
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