Memory leaks?

Basil Fowler bjfowler at
Fri Mar 28 16:45:57 GMT 2003

Any spare memory is used as cache.  You will see how the memory is allocated 
if you use Xosview, obtainable from the 'system' submenu.

Hope this helps

Basil Fowler

On Friday 28 Mar 2003 13:51, Michael D Green wrote:
> It appears as if some software I use routinely has a memory leak. And that 
> system does not clean up the resultant garbage.
> I'm running KDE 3.0.5 with SuSE 8.0. 
> KDE System Guard shows that over a period of an hour or so (perhaps much 
> after startup the physical memory usage increases to very near the maximum 
> available (384 MB) and swap memory starts to be used. With time the amount 
> swap memory being used increases, but never seems to decrease. And the 
> physical memory stays near saturation. It will decrease a little when I shut 
> down an application. But there seems to be some overall rachetting, which 
> makes me think there is a memory leak somewhere.
> I normally keep the Mozilla (1.3) mail client, KMail, KArm, Opera, KDE 
> Guard, Konsole, and Konqueror open constantly, and frequently also have Kate 
> and/or Quanta Plus open. I am also running Klipper, KDiskFree, KMix, KDE 
> Keyboard Tool, and the Clock in the "tray."
> That there would be a memory leak in some package is not amazing. I expect 
> that with time the developers will correct these.
> What I would like to be able to do is free up the memory that is not being 
> used (physical and swap). I suspect there is a way to do this that is easier 
> than rebooting the machine. Perhaps there is even an application which can 
> it for me. 
> Pointers will be appreciated.
> TIA!
> Mike Green
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