Bug 35858 - Memory Loss
Memory Loss
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
7.1
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2001-04-13 00:55 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:20 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-14 23:46:51 EDT
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Description Need Real Name 2001-04-13 00:55:27 EDT
I have a clean install of RH Wolerine installed and using kernel Linux
version 2.4.1-0.1.9. I noticed when running gnome that I kept loosing
memory. I have 160mb ram installed. When I start gnome I had 100mb free.
Then after running netscape, or any other application I ran down to 1mb
free. It starts paging and performance is reduced. I upgraded to 256mb.
Before I started gnome I had 200mb free. It drops to 2mb then starts paging
again. I tried not using any types of guis, and stuck to command line for
various tasks, and noticed that free memory still drops.
Comment 1 Ed McKenzie 2001-04-14 23:46:48 EDT
You should upgrade to 2.4.2-0.1.49. It fixes most of the performance problems in
the original Wolverine kernel.
Comment 2 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-04-18 15:33:01 EDT
1) "free" isn't a good indicator for many, as they aren't aware of Linux wanting
to use as much as possible as cache - so if you run a program on a fresh system
an exit t, free will report a lower number than before: It has the program in cache.
Cache is freed when needed for programs - the kernel dynamically adjusts to
provide the best performance

2) The kernel has been updated since then, and has much better performance.

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