Negative caching

Hal Burgiss hal at
Sat Jun 20 03:45:21 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 07:30:11PM -0400, Rashkae wrote:
> > Hmmm .... I killed everything I have opened except 3 terminal windows,
> > including a few background things like nautilus and evolution, and I still
> > have a problem:
> > 
> >  CommitLimit:     3512236 kB
> >  Committed_AS:    1769624 kB
> > 
> > I'll kill X later and see where that gets. But it looks like X + gnome + basic
> > system stuff is eating me out of house and home, so to speak. I did the same
> > thing on my work system and it dropped to ~1.2G.
> > 
> closing all my apps on my desktops here bring me down to between 500 and
> 600 MB allocation (on both Gutsy and Jaunty).  I noticed on one of your
> earlier e-mails that compiz is claiming over 500MB on it's own, and I
> know 500MB to 1GB is not a big stretch for Evolution, so that can easily
> account for the difference.  You might want to try turning off desktop
> effects to save that half gig.

I had already turned off effects before running the above. I had killed
evolution and nautilus too. There is not a lot of desktop stuff left outside
of basic gnome stuff. Afterwards, I killed one terminal window and all that
LAMP server stuff, which had negibile impact.
> And don't forget to keep all this in perspective, memory is all of
> 12$/Gig.  I know it hurts the pride when you're used to working on
> minimal resources, but if you want to indulge in memory hungry toys, I
> see no shame in spending a weeks coffee budget on 2GB RAM.

Yea, I know, we are on a tight household budget. My luck is I have two 512
sticks, and need to buy two. If I do two, I might as well do four. I probably
have older/pricier ram too. But yea, I guess the handwriting is on the wall.

Then I have been bit by the intel chipset problem, which has its own set of
performance issues. So I need a new graphics card, I guess. 


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