[Novalug] running out of memory
Thu Aug 11 13:17:26 EDT 2011
You ask a good Q: why is it running out of memory ?
Just to restate what you posted,
I see that a Mozilla product, X and Chrome occupy a heck
of a lot of memory. Whether virtual is using swap or not
is not relevant.. But if virt is a big number, it's coming from
somewhere. Read-only ? ( counts the bin file size??)
( so it's not actually using RAM ? or is it ? )
Should load in only what it needs to physical.
I have the same experience ever since Mozilla was invented.
Right now, I have a 1 gig ram, and about once a week Mozilla
eats up all the RAM. Last year I had 1/2 gig and I see no difference.
I have swap on HD, so when the ram gets
eaten, I see the box slow down-- the swap merely buys me some time.
And it's barely enough before the user response stops.
I simply close Firefox and restart it and everything is fine.
Fedora-12. This has been ongoing since way back as best I can recall
to Fedora 6 or Fedora 3 or whatever. Each new "faster" firefox works
just like the previous one. I'm still with the distro FF 3.5, heard that
FF4 was faster, and then I see many blogs contradict that.
There are times when my imagination believes the box did some overnite
database update ( perhaps for "locate" ), used up the ram,
and by morning hasn't released the memory pool yet.
But thats my imagination since closing Firefox is the ONLY way to
a responsive system. I have on MANY occassions experimented with
closing any other open apps up to free memory: sometimes
a terminal, sometimes one or 2 file browsers, or other apps.
But closing them only makes things worse: Firefox instantly grabs
any released memory.
There was recent;y a news report that a FF team is going to
specialize in reducing memory leakage. I'll believe it AFTER
I see it. Not the marketing, not the hype, but blogs saying
it's really working better.
I half thought about trying Chrome. But after seeing your
mem report, I don't think so.
"Alan Grimes" <email@example.com>
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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