Clear the computer's memory?

Daniel Carrera daniel.carrera at
Thu Mar 30 07:47:35 UTC 2006

Michael V. De Palatis wrote:
> Yes, of course Firefox. Firefox is probably the WORST application used
> on a day to day basis in terms of memory wastage. I've stopped using
> it for that very reason.

Yes. I don't understand how closing Firefox can give me back 200MB of 
RAM! That doesn't make sense at all. Firefox itself is what, 5MB? All I 
can guess is that it stores every page I visit in memory, which is stupid.

What browser do you recommend? I think I'll try Epiphany.

>>I'd like to clear up as much RAM memory as is safe. 
>>Is there a way to do this?
> Quit the programs that are hogging memory? Honestly, I don't know of
> any other legitimate way, since clearing memory from a running
> application would inevitably cause nightmares.
> Of course, I could also be completely misunderstanding the question.

I might also be asking the wrong question :)  I'm just want to know if 
there is anything I can do besides closing an application.

You know what would be nice, if there was a tool that told me how much 
memory an application is using. Yes, I know about 'top', but after 
reading the man pages I can't figure out how to sort the processes 
according to how much memory they take. There used to be an application 
called 'gtop' (Gtk top) which was really good. I'm not usually into GUI 
stuff when the CLI will do, but this was a case where I thought the GUI 
was worth it.

    /\/_/   A life? Sounds great!
    \/_/    Do you know where I could download one?

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