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Re: Emacs bzr memory footprint

From: Óscar Fuentes
Subject: Re: Emacs bzr memory footprint
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:27:28 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:


>> but it will never freed.
> Right, so it's a problem in the sense that this memory will not be
> available to other processes.
> While this is not perfect, I don't consider it to be a serious problem.
> E.g. when people complain about Emacs using a lot of memory it's always
> (until now and I think in Nix's case as well) a case of too much memory
> being used because of something like a leak, and not just "Emacs doesn't
> return its free memory to the OS".

The memory for the text of a buffer, is a single chunk? Or, more
generally, are large chunks of memory allocated for big buffers? If the
answer is yes, memory fragmentation may be problematic for those who
work with large buffers, unless the allocating algorithm avoids that.


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