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My front-end freezes as soon as I type more than two letters in a notebook. I think the error occurs, when the auto-complete feature kicks in. If Mathematica was started from a terminal, the following text is shown.

Mathematica has received the signal: SIGSEGV and has exited.
If possible, please report this problem to [email protected]
describing in as much detail as possible what you were doing
when the problem occurred.

I use Mathematica 10.3 on Ubuntu 12.04. Rebooting and -cleanstart did not help. This installation worked fine for quite some time, but suddenly this problem appeared.

Is this a known problem? Before I contact the official support, I want to make sure that there is no trivial fix.

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    $\begingroup$ @StefanR You were right, CodeAssistHistory10.3.m was 321MB big! Removed it, everything works. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – murphy
    Mar 3, 2016 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ @murphy good to hear! Sorry you ran into this! $\endgroup$
    – Stefan R
    Mar 3, 2016 at 19:27
  • $\begingroup$ @StefanR Maybe you should add your comment as an answer. That would make it more future-proof and I could close the question. $\endgroup$
    – murphy
    Mar 5, 2016 at 11:42
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    $\begingroup$ I have just noted a similar behavior on 10.4 (Win 10 Pro), where all text inputs after two characters suddenly stopped as can bee seen in this capture of the problem. Unfortunately I was pointed to this post too late - I am just reinstalling Mathematica... $\endgroup$
    – gwr
    Apr 18, 2016 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ See also this post asking for bug reports including the CodeAssistHistory files for better diagnostics of this problem and hopefully a fix in the future. $\endgroup$ Apr 24, 2016 at 18:17

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(Posting my comment as an answer, per @murphy's suggestion)

Please check the folder

$UserBaseDirectory/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/SystemResources/Functional‌​Frequency

and see if there are any unusually large files there (>100 Kb or so). If any such files exist, please delete them. The file CodeAssistHistory10.3.m is often the culprit, and is safe to delete.

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  • $\begingroup$ Are there plans to fix this? My CodeAssistHistory10.4.m is also huge (25.2 MB), and most of it is just a bunch of ÂÃÂÃ... $\endgroup$
    – QuantumDot
    Apr 14, 2016 at 13:07
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    $\begingroup$ @QuantumDot we believe we have a fix for this in Mathematica 10.4.1. $\endgroup$
    – Stefan R
    Apr 15, 2016 at 16:52
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    $\begingroup$ I can confirm that this solution works with regard to my above comment. My CodeAssistHistory10.4m had a size of 712 MB at the time of deletion. $\endgroup$
    – gwr
    Apr 18, 2016 at 18:58
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot for this! My file was 1.5GB in size at the time of deletion! $\endgroup$
    – Prahar
    May 12, 2016 at 20:24
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    $\begingroup$ This didn't work for me. I didn't have any files of the form Code* in my FunctionalFrequency folder, and none of the files were over 18 MB. I deleted all the ones over 100 KB but the problem still persists if I enable autocomplete. $\endgroup$
    – tparker
    May 17, 2016 at 3:43

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