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Old 09-22-2003, 09:11 PM   #1
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Question wget 1.8.2 - feature or bug?

I've been running a `wget' process for probably a week now in the background on my Linux box. It's taking up roughly 184MB of memory total (RAM + swap), and was wondering if this was a possible memory leak issue (as with 1.5.x, I forget the version exactly), or if this was a function of some data that wget is storing internally (perhaps the log file itself is loaded into RAM and not just dumped to disk--that's my best guess). If the latter, is there an option for wget that will tell it to use less memory, or cut itself off after a certain point, or some such thing? It's reasonable to expect that 184 megs would be used after a week on a cable modem mirroring a site, but I'd like to know what all that RAM is doing! (Googling `wget memory' references an old leak from 2001, and `wget 1.8.2 memory' and variations on that theme render no useful links.)

Thanks in advance for your time and reply.

Be well,
Old 09-23-2003, 12:07 AM   #2
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Check out valgrind its an excellent program for detecting memory leaks and stuff.
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Originally Posted by zatriz
Check out valgrind its an excellent program for detecting memory leaks and stuff.
Been there, done that. I also see an apparant memory leak in wget, at version 10.1. I had it running for 4 days and my machine had 99% of the physical memory (256MB) consumed. There was 1GB of swap configured, 600MB of it was in use! I filed a valgrind report but filing wget bug reports is like lobbing messages into a black hole. Can anyone shed any light please?

-Andrew Marlow


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