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Re: high memory usage in KDE?


One thing to keep in mind is that linux caches a lot of code and data.
Thus memory will probably be used by applications that are not running.
You will notice this effect when an application starts up faster the
second time than the first time... So Linux will try and keep your
memory free as low as possible as what good is memory that just sits
there doing nothing.

As far as I understand it kdeinit is kind of a launcher of most kde
apps.  So if you run something like konsole, it will show as kdeinit:

Now you might have a lot of fun with your audio apps as noatun seems to
eat memory, especially if you are playing a movie.  I myself do not like
this very much and though I also think KDE uses a lot of memory I have
kind of made peace with it.

Think about it this way: Windows eats memory right?  Now what we expect
is for KDE to be a windows replacement, we want drag and drop, we want
applets on the panel, kparts, and all other nifty things (me myself want to run
konsole as much as possible).  Doesn't it make sense that as we add more
features KDE will eat more memory too? This will be the trend in future
and the only thing we can hope is that it will crash less than its


On Thu, Aug 08, 2002 at 05:11:16PM -0500, nick phillips wrote:
> hello list,
> i'm running debian 3.0 and KDE 2.2 on a PII 366 toshiba laptop with 128 mb
> ram. i'm mainly concerned with running audio applications in linux, so
> memory usage is pretty important to me in dealing with large samples being
> loaded into memory and so on. i'm a little concerned about KDE's memory
> usage at the moment. when i boot into KDE, with no applications running, and
> issue the 'top' command, it shows about 95MB used, with 35 MB available.
> this strikes me as very high - i'm a mac person, and my powerbook boots up
> Mac OS 9 using only 35 mb ram, so i'm surprised KDE takes so much memory.
> when i open up a few applications, pretty quickly KDE starts drawing on swap
> space, which seems to cause some slowdowns and glitches in some audio
> programs.
> so, my question is: is this an ordinary amount of memory for KDE to use? are
> there any ways to decrease memory usage so i can minimize using swap space?
> or should i think about switching to GNOME or another window manager? i like
> KDE a lot - i would just like it to use less memory!
> one last thing - one process in particular seems to take the most memory,
> which is kdeinit. using 'top', i see about ten instances of kdeinit, each
> using about 5-8% memory. i assume this is part of the kde desktop, but
> should there be so many instances of it?
> thanks in advance for all your help!
> best,
> nick 
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