What is hammering my memory?

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 16:52:49 UTC 2010

On 2 July 2010 19:47, J <dreadpiratejeff at gmail.com> wrote:
> Usually, sluggishness isn't memory. It's CPU or disk I/O.  If your
> system becomes sluggish because of RAM utilization, you'll know it
> immediately because your hard disk light will stay lit up solid as the
> kernel continuously swaps in and out...
> However, thats not to be confused very heavy disk I/O which can also
> cause sluggishness.

Thanks, I did not know that. According to top, nothing is too CPU
heavy. What should I start checking?

> My guess, and always my first guess, is Firefox.  When your system
> starts acting like that, kill off firefox and see if it doesn't get
> back to normal.  Most of the time, when I experience this, it's
> because of some page with either Flash or Java that just causes FF to
> slowly suck the life out of everything around it.  IN some cases, it
> gets so bad I have to drop to a shell and pkill firefox...

Even if I don't start Firefox I have the issue.

> Also, you said you are running 10.10, which is in alpha. It's a
> development version... expect bugs, no?

Yes, and I'd like to find it to file it! That is why I run the alphas.

Dotan Cohen


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