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is there any way to config X11 to use less memory? I have 1G ram, but X seems to eat up everything what is available. Currently 2 instances of X consume more than 900M, so I don't believe more memory will be a solution.
I remember a few years ago I played around with an P1 with 64M ram. There was an option to switch off X11 caches, and that worked very well.
Thanks in advance,
This is debian lenny
X Window System Version 1.3.0
Release Date: 19 April 2007
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 1.3
First, why do you need to run multiple instances of X11? Second, there is no good reason why any instance of X11 should be using 900MB of RAM. Mine is currently using about 25KB. Where did you get the information about how much RAM its using. If it really is using that much, something is horribly broken and fixing it should greatly improve performance.
Well, I admit these numbers are coming from 'top'. However, I notice that the system starts swapping when switching applications/desktops after having run a while. It is not a problem, but something I'd like to keep under check.
This is my home desktop where both me and my wife are logged on most of the time. Usually we don't switch it off, just hibernate. That's why the problems accumulate. The top memory consumers according to 'top' are:
PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
3679 tiina 15 0 578m 138m 10m S 0 13.8 66:07.92 galeon
18399 siim 15 0 190m 94m 19m S 1 9.4 2:17.24 firefox-bin
3364 root 15 0 602m 34m 3672 S 0 3.5 33:32.62 Xorg
19390 siim 15 0 35324 27m 10m S 0 2.7 0:13.54 gimp
18417 siim 15 0 79368 25m 17m S 0 2.6 0:01.67 gaim
7298 tiina 16 0 79548 22m 5344 S 0 2.2 4:36.75 skype
3702 tiina 15 0 134m 16m 7008 S 0 1.7 0:49.44 evolution
5043 root 15 0 282m 16m 3984 S 0 1.6 1:14.49 Xorg
May it be the case that the problem lies with galeon, but this memory also shows up with X?