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Memory Leak was: Re: Update on the Emacs release schedule? 8 messages

From: T.V. Raman
Subject: Memory Leak was: Re: Update on the Emacs release schedule? 8 messages
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:36:23 -0800

Hi Stephane,

I just installed the emacs 23.4 prebuild on the workstation that
shows the memory leak with emacs-24 from git, and am happy to
report there is no leak.

On 1/8/12, Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Before starting Emacs: `free' shows 2gb in use.
> FWIW, "free" is not a very good tool to track the memory use of
> a specific process.  Better check the VSZ and RSS of the process itself
> (and note that RSS can stay stable even in the presence of a leak,
> so VSZ is important).
>> Start Emacs 24 -- with just emacspeak loaded -- no immediate
>> signs of a leak -- `free' shows abut 6gb in use -- which does
>> seem a lot.
> What is Emacs's RSS and/or VSZ at startup?
>> M-x shell in that emacs
>> and wait for a couple of minutes.
>> Running `free' on a separate terminal shows that all 12GB  of
>> memory in use -- emacs RSS is   at 10GB.
>> If you dont kill the runnning emacs-24 at that point, it brings
>> the workstation to its knees and the machine stops responding and
>> needs to be rebooted.
> So you're saying that "emacs -Q" plus emacspeak plus "M-x shell" results
> on this machine in a process hat keeps growing even if you leave
> it alone?
> Could you run it under GDB (from the `emacs/src' directory) and
> interrupt the process (with C-z) every once in a while to try and see
> what it's doing?
>         Stefan

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