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Old 09-17-2003, 07:54 PM   #1
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Unhappy physicial memory maxed out with no apps running


Today my system seemed to move real slow (xcdroast takes 3 min.s
to start) so i checked my physicial memory and i only have 5% left out of 1gig! there are 81 process running when the only thing that i have on is kde desktop.My system seems to be running apps totally from swap memory.There are 7 mingetty running ,5 saslauthd running help what has happen?I will post what ever info u need to help me figure this 1 out just tell me what u need.
Thanks in advance for the help this one is about to fry my brain.
the only thing i have installed in the past few days is samba and the kde front end for it.
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Old 09-17-2003, 07:57 PM   #2
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KDE is known to chew the ram and not give it back. I dont use KDE myself so i *think* you should be able to restart KDE and that will claim a lot of your memory back.

I used to use KDE but I never had it running for more than an 8 hour period
 
Old 09-17-2003, 09:03 PM   #3
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right on the money log.its been running for ten days straight.restarted
system and all is well again. do u know if gnome behaves like this also does this effect continue to eat more and more memory .I really like kde and can add memory if that will fix the problem.
thanks for the fast reply.
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Old 09-18-2003, 05:22 AM   #4
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linux shares memory between apps, and it caches a lot. as long
as your hard drive is not swapping a lot, you're fine and need
not worry about reported ram usage. the ram's there to be
used; so why should it be free?
 
Old 09-18-2003, 07:49 AM   #5
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most of my apps where running on swap memory until i restarted.had 5% free ram with just desktop(kde) running,after restart ram is 80% free.I can not stand for my pc to move slow
i have a 2kbs internet connection and that is all the slow that i can stand hehe
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Old 09-18-2003, 12:18 PM   #6
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Don't trust those numbers too much. Like neenee said, ram is there to be used so, of course, top will report 95% usage. Take a look at the numbers in /proc/meminfo. The "Active" and "Inactive" lines give a better picture of your ram usage.

It is disconcerting that you're getting a lot of swap usage. Perhaps one (or more) of the programs you're running has a nasty memory leak. You can check their respective websites to see if anything like that is true.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 03:12 PM   #7
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It is likely that a stupid process, (probably a script) is running in the background and eat up all resources. ctrol-esc and kill it

I would recommend Inicial session with manual stored setting (Control panel - kde components). It's good to start ksim at startup so you can watch the resource usage.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 04:15 PM   #8
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turns out that i had several problems errors on my hard disk forced a file system check and let the system make the repairs .
once i did this i was able to uninstall reinstall linuxconf it was screwed up and eating up the memory for some reason .This happened when i was using the recourcemanager and update but i dont know why or how .This also fixed my problem with gnomad2 and a few other apps that falled to run after the first time.All is back to normal now a if gnomad2 will stay up I am finally free from microsofts dark empire .hehehe
thanks for the replies!
 
  


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