[Novalug] Why am I out of memory?

Jeremy Bicha jeremy@bicha.net
Thu Aug 11 12:46:32 EDT 2011

On 10 August 2011 14:47, Alan Grimes <agrimes@speakeasy.net> wrote:
> 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. =(

Which desktop environment are you using? And which distro?

I believe "resident memory" is the number you're supposed to be
looking at (the RES column instead of the VIRT column).


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