Bug 86296 - huge memory leak in watch
huge memory leak in watch
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: procps (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Alexander Larsson
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-03-18 23:51 EST by Adam Thompson
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:52 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-08-21 17:17:44 EDT
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Description Adam Thompson 2003-03-18 23:51:42 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 

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 03:23:53 EST
I don't see this in 2.0.11-4. Can you test the version in RAWHIDE?
Comment 2 Adam Thompson 2003-08-21 17:17:44 EDT
cannot reproduce in RH9.0 or 2.1AS, and I no longer have any RH8.0 system

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