Bug 86296

Summary: huge memory leak in watch
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Adam Thompson <athompso>
Component: procpsAssignee: Alexander Larsson <alexl>
Status: CLOSED WORKSFORME QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
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Version: 8.0   
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Hardware: i386   
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Description Adam Thompson 2003-03-19 04:51:42 UTC
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Description of problem:
use of 'watch' utility to watch *any* program's output appears to cause it to 
use up memory at a rate of approximately 1 Mbyte/sec.

This naturally causes system instability when one leaves watch running in a 
terminal during a long (overnight) process...

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. run 'watch' agains any program
2. watch RAM leak away...
3. use reset button to reboot system

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Comment 1 Alexander Larsson 2003-03-19 08:23:53 UTC
I don't see this in 2.0.11-4. Can you test the version in RAWHIDE?

Comment 2 Adam Thompson 2003-08-21 21:17:44 UTC
cannot reproduce in RH9.0 or 2.1AS, and I no longer have any RH8.0 system