Memory keeps trickling away in >1.1.59

Chris Patti (
Sun, 16 Jul 1995 12:45:41 -0400 (EDT)

Hello all.

I've been having a rather serious problem recently which perhaps one of you
could toss me some pointers to help solve.

In every kernel I've run >1.1.59, there seems to be a hole in Linux's memory
management infrastructure :)

i.e. on a 32 meg machine, I run X, it uses a big blob of RAM, I run clients,
they use ram, I exit X, the RAM stays allocated! I run gcc a few times, yet
more RAM down the tubes.

This process continues until the system becomes almost unusably slow.

It's not uncommon for me to be running with a working pool of only 4-6M free
on a 32 meg system with only a single VT, no X, and a bash running!!

Is there any way I can track down who's munching all these resources?


-Chris Patti