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#1 2013-12-03 12:26:16

Wurger
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Registered: 2013-12-03
Posts: 5

High RAM usage with XFCE-openSuse-btrfs

Hello,

I have a big problem with XFCE and openSuse - it is using a lot of ram sometimes getting up to 75% of available ram.

My system is:

openSuse 13.1
XFCE 4.10
btrfs file system
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge
4GB RAM
everything else is set up like in stock instalation

With LXDE which I used previously the memory usage was much smaller. It never reached 2GB - always under 50%. I do not know what is happening.

             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          3,7G       1,6G       2,1G         0B        20K       1,1G
-/+ buffers/cache:       530M       3,2G
Swap:         4,0G        67M       3,9G
Total:        7,7G       1,7G       6,1G

The above is the output from free -ht from my terminal with just chromium running so I could post this message. This gives that XFCE with chromium which has opened just one page (xfce forum) is using 1,6 GB of my total 4GB RAM.

I do not understand this caching thing - maybe this is the problem - 1,1 GB cached?

Last edited by Wurger (2013-12-03 12:27:35)

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#2 2013-12-03 13:35:48

ToZ
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From: Toronto, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-02
Posts: 1,237

Re: High RAM usage with XFCE-openSuse-btrfs

Actually, your system is currently using 530M of ram and there is 3.2G free. Ram usage in Linux can be a little confusing. This site does a good job of explaining ram usage - it might help to clarify a few things.

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#3 2013-12-04 17:20:04

Spect73
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Registered: 2013-10-31
Posts: 17

Re: High RAM usage with XFCE-openSuse-btrfs

ToZ,
     Thanks for the link to the site explaining ram usage.

Coordially,


Coordially,
Spect73

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#4 2013-12-05 06:47:05

Wurger
Member
Registered: 2013-12-03
Posts: 5

Re: High RAM usage with XFCE-openSuse-btrfs

Thank you very much. This what happens if a normal user gets in panic mode. The site makes it cristal clear!

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