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Old 05-08-2006, 11:30 PM   #1
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Aplication process memory increases gradually

Hi all
We have our own application installed on our product (Time&Track)
which hav a size of 9.5MB while installation.But as it starts working, the size of application process(obtain by ps -aux - %MEM field ) start increasing gradually. After 2-3 days it shows aprox 20MB. This free mem decreas results into system hang after few days.
We dont have any dynamic allocation, also we r not using swap partition.
Size of RAM is 256MB and Flash memory is of 256MB.
As somebody stated that this free mem is converted in to cache and when any process needs the mem that memory get free, but this thing is not happening in our application.
Plz do the needful asap.

Old 05-09-2006, 09:31 PM   #2
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This really sounds like a memory leak. At least, when I have a program with a memory leak, I see this behaviour.

What language your program is written in?

There are situations in certain languages/libraries where a memory leak is quite disguised. For example, if you write text to a window in tcl/tk, and the window is not being displayed, the memory footprint increases gradually.

If your program is written in C, there are certain tools which can be compiled in to show memory allocation and usage. Yes, I read that you don't allocate memory dynamically. But since system memory disappear memory IS allocated by your process.

For example, when you call a function, memory is allocated on the stack. If the function does not return properly, or is called without return sometimes you have your leak.

If your program is called in C++ it is almost impossible to have a program without dynamic allocation, it happens every time when an object is created. (I think objects are called classes in C++?)

Old 05-12-2006, 01:53 AM   #3
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Thanks for your response.I m still facing the same problem.
I just want to know that what u had done when u was facing the same problem.


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