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Re: tracking memory resource issues

On Wed, Dec 29, 2004 at 07:34:54AM -0800, Brian wrote:
> As a longtime Debian user, I really appreciate the 
> community that makes Debian the best. My question:
> What is the best way to track down a possible 
> memory leak that I have no idea which program is 
> causing it even? Here is the problem:
> I have a PIII-600 with 256 MB and an ATI Radeon 
> 9000 pro. My memory usage is fairly low when I 
> first bootup and login. The apps that I leave open 
> usually are Mozilla-Thunderbird and Firefox and 
> then I will open other things now and then. I use 
> WindowMaker and GDM, as well. However after a few 
> days to a week the memory usage has gradually 
> climbed to unbearable.  Further, even if I close 
> all programs and leave the computer on, the memory 
> usage doesn't drop to what it was when I logged 
> in. How can I trace what software is sucking my 
> memory?

It's probably the X server.

Try running "top" or "ps aux | less" and look for which process has
large numbers under "RSS" or something like that.  What is the output of
"free"?  Are you out of swap, or just RAM?

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