[kwlug-disc] Debugging for memory use

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 30 23:40:04 EDT 2010

Have you tried this: http://opensource.weblogsinc.com/2006/06/07/really-fix-a-busted-gnome/ ?

Raul Suarez

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--- On Mon, 8/30/10, Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca> wrote:

> From: Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] Debugging for memory use
> To: "KWLug" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Monday, August 30, 2010, 11:27 AM
> Short question: How do I find out why
> nautilus is using so much
> memory, and maybe fix it. I'm somewhat of a rookie when it
> comes to
> debugging applications, but I have some C ability, and
> wouldn't mind
> investing the time to fix my issue.
> Long explanation: I've been having a problem where over
> time my
> machine has less and less free memory. After some playing
> around, it
> turns out that about 500MB of 'stuff' had been swapped out.
> I have 4GB
> of ram, and `free -m` showed very little as 'cached' (maybe
> 100MB), so
> I'm looking at 'actual' memory usage.
> First thing I did was kill chromium. For a browser, it
> tends to be
> rather memory intensive. That only freed up a few hundred
> MB of
> memory. My machine, sitting at an empty Gnome desktop was
> using ~3.2
> GB doing nothing. After some detective work I killed
> nautilus and
> suddenly had an extra 1 GB of memory available. This has
> happened
> twice so far, but the effects are far enough removed from
> any actual
> nautilus use that I don't know what caused it.
> So, how can I investigate this? Can I install symbols and
> connect to a
> running nautilus process with gdb? Also, how do I use gdb?
> Is there
> something else that is better suited for debugging memory
> issues?
> -- 
> Chris Irwin
> <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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