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Re: Debugging memory usage

From: John Reiser
Subject: Re: Debugging memory usage
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:45:19 -0700
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> I took a look and saw the bash process consuming as much as 3+ GB of 
> memory.  I'm not doing anything where I'd expect to be consuming that 
> much memory.

As a workaround, try using "ulimit -v" to restrict the virtual memory
space of the shell itself.  (For invoking some child processes, it may
be necessary to use an intermediate shell which raises the limit before
exec-ing the child.)  It is not uncommon for a process (not just bash)
to allocate until refused, and only then think about free()ing or
collecting garbage.


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