[Novalug] Why am I out of memory?

Alan Grimes agrimes@speakeasy.net
Wed Aug 10 14:47:33 EDT 2011


Hello, I bought a monster machine last year with 8 gigs of ram, yet I 
ran out just now. I don't use swap space because Linux badly abuses it, 
murdering performance. So my dekstop nearly locked up.... Why did this 
happen? =\

I was re-building chromium and the linker took up 2GB!! But that is only 
a tiny fraction of the story because I had 6 other gb to play with...

Here is the worst offender list from top, sorted by %mem.

I can't wait for that new windowing system, X sucks nuts, as you can 
see, it's the biggest memory hog on my system. =(


   PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  CODE DATA 
COMMAND 

  3592 root      20   0  846m 678m  18m R    2  8.5   1681:34 1868 718m 
X 

19066 atg       20   0 1236m 445m  13m S    1  5.6 425:43.86   52 695m 
seamonkey-bin 

19133 atg       20   0 1284m 442m  10m S    8  5.5   1830:17   48 921m 
plugin-containe 

  4106 atg       20   0 1308m 402m 1060 S    0  5.0  19:45.87   64 680m 
kdevelop 

27804 atg       20   0 1222m 298m 6348 S    0  3.7 201:35.16  42m 878m 
chrome 

19752 atg       20   0  850m 199m 6996 S    0  2.5 442:11.28   56 338m 
akregator 

  6305 root      20   0  261m 160m 1612 S    2  2.0   2:39.99    4 158m 
emerge 

18848 atg       20   0  769m 123m 7508 S    0  1.5  89:17.13  42m 286m 
chrome 

  6114 atg       20   0  869m 100m 4448 S    0  1.3 175:53.52  956  89m 
pidgin 

10498 atg       20   0  510m 100m 1232 S    0  1.3  11:57.94   60 207m 
okular 

19936 atg       20   0 1023m  94m  232 S    0  1.2  19:41.77  42m 678m 
chrome 

21255 atg       20   0 1036m  88m 2112 S    0  1.1   0:55.26  42m 691m 
chrome

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