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top tells me X is using 80 Mb!


I'm using X 4 (from Woody), and I just noticed some strange thing:

10963 root      10   0 96404  80M   972 S       0  0.1 64.8   2:49 X

(1st place, sorted by mem. usage)

socrates jeronimo$ free
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:        127044     124528       2516          0        644      14756
-/+ buffers/cache:     109128      17916
Swap:       256960      28568     228392

Why Does that happen? I never saw that sort of thing before (maybe
because I never had so much memory -- I bought more 64 Mb RAM some
days ago...)

At the moment I ran top, only a few applications were running
(gnapster, powershell, emacs and netscape). I killed Netscape and only
2 Mb were freed (I checked with ps, and it really was killed).

So... Does X really need 80 Mb? :-)  I don't think so (but I could be

Or did I misinterpret top's (and free's) output?


Jeronimo Pellegrini
Institute of Computing - Unicamp - Brazil
mailto:jeronimo@ic.unicamp.br    mailto:pellegrini@iname.com

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