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Old 12-20-2005, 02:05 PM   #1
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Suddenly my system takes twice the memory


I have been using Xfce for quite some time now, very happy that my system only takes about 60 mb after start. However, when booting today it suddenly took 110 mb and the Gnome-desk was visible. No idea how this happened,(my Dad might have screewed something up) but at first I though it was simply a couple of programs loaded in the current session, so i started a new session and it still took 110 mb ram. Then I deleted everything in the .cache-folder as to start anew, but that did not help either. I do not have KDE or Gnome-services loaded.
I checked with the Gnome System Monitor, which listed these programs :

xfdesktop - 22,6 mb
xfce4-panel - 21,7 mb
forge_server - 19,1 mb
xfce-mcs-manager - 17,3 mb
gnome-vfs-daemon - 16,6 mb
xfwm4 - 11,8 mb
xftaskbar4 - 11,7 mb
>gdm-binary - 9,0
>gdm-binary - 10,1 mb
X - 41,0 mb
s2u - 5,8 mb
gconfd-2 - 5,4 mb
bonobo-activation-server - 5,1 mb
xfce4-session - 15,7 mb
ssh-agent - 3,7 mb
xscreensaver - 4,6 mb
gam_server - 2,9 mb
dbus-launch - 2,5 mb
dbus-daemon-1 - 2,1 mb
>cupsd - 5,8 mb
>perl - 6,5 mb
>perl - 6,5 mb
perl - 6,6 mb
>sh - 3,0 mb
>gs - 17,4 mb
ijsgimpprint - 5,4 mb
CANONS400 - 3,4 mb
lp0 - 2,9 mb
xfs - 4,1 mb
hald - 4,0 mb
klogd - 2,2 mb
dhclient - 2,0 mb
atd - 1,6 mb
syslogd - 1,5 mb
ifplugd - 1,5 mb
init [5] - 1,5 mb
And then there is 6 instances of mingetty - 1,5 mb each
udevd - 1,5 mb
And then a bunch which is says takes 0 mb.

I only know what half of those are, and the sum seems to add up to a lot more than the around 120 that my memory meter shows. Ao I wonder, what could be the cause of this? Probably some of these programs are not supposed to be launched (or werent launched before). Which of them can I safely remove, and how do I disable them, so they won't return next time I start? Any help will be highly appreciated!
 
Old 12-20-2005, 02:17 PM   #2
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U seem to be definatly loading GNOME of some kind because it lists :

... gnome-vfs-daemon - 16,6 mb
>gdm-binary - 9,0 >gdm-binary - 10,1 mb gconfd-2 - 5,4 mb bonobo-activation-server - 5,1 mb xscreensaver - 4,6 mb
gam_server - 2,9 mb ... & several printing systems


Wait did U say "GNOME System Monitor" ... am I missing something or doesnt that so clearly indicate that GGNOME is running & you are using GDM (GNOME) as your login manager.

Are you the only user ?

Look at the GNOME/Xface/X - logs & see if you can find something.

There is certainly lots of rubbish running - is it maybe a system setting ?

What distro are you using ?

Worst case - delete the user account & create a new one .
 
Old 12-20-2005, 06:04 PM   #3
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Wait did U say "GNOME System Monitor" ... am I missing something or doesnt that so clearly indicate that GGNOME is running & you are using GDM (GNOME) as your login manager.
Perhaps some of these are loaded at the time I load GNOME System Monitor. I did a ps aux as well, and the same things are listed.

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Are you the only user ?
Yes, except for root

[QUOTE]Look at the GNOME/Xface/X - logs & see if you can find something.[QUOTE]

Ill take a look at that. If I find something ill post it.


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There is certainly lots of rubbish running - is it maybe a system setting ?
Probably, but I can't seem to find a place where I can turn it off.

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What distro are you using ?
Mandriva Limited Edition 2005
 
Old 12-21-2005, 12:39 AM   #4
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I think Xfce has a preference/switch to preload portions of gnome/gtk into ram to make launching of gtk apps faster. Not sure as I don't use xfce, but thats what I have heard. Perhaps you have selected this?
 
Old 12-21-2005, 05:34 PM   #5
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No, both the Launch KDE Services and Launch Gnome services are unselected.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 06:19 PM   #6
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Why do you care ???.
Is it impacting on your usage of the system ???.
Post the output from "free -m" so we can see what the broad memory usage looks like.
 
  


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