[Novalug] Do I have a memory leak??
edjames at greenbelt.com
Fri Sep 26 16:19:07 EDT 2008
Swap space being used isn't always a problem, unless pages are
constantly being swapped to/from swap space. A slow machine (and
busy red light on your hard drive) would indicate this.
My memory hog was my browser. A quick test for this...open a
command line window and type "free -m". You'll see "used" and "free"
mem and swap. That gives you an idea of what's being used. If
your browser is open, clear its cache, and do the "free -m" thing
again...see if there's a difference in memory usage. Then close
the browser and "free -m" again. If the browser isn't the problem,
as least it'll be eliminated from the list of suspects.
Quoting Beartooth <beartooth at Beartooth.Info>:
> One of my machines, running Fedora 9, had gotten
> excruciatingly slow; and the first graph in the system monitor on
> the panel, showing memory and swap, was nearly always maxxed out
> -- reading in the upper nineties.
> I had more memory installed, doubling what it had before.
> Big improvement -- for a few days. Now it's as before.
> How do I tell what the problem is and what to do about
> it? Or can I? (Remember I don't code, and I don't speak
> hardware.) Fwiw, I'm not having similar problems with my other
> Fedora machines.
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