Kernel using a lot of virtual RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gonnabuyamac, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. gonnabuyamac macrumors 6502

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    After I use my laptop for a few hours, I notice that the kernel takes up a ton of virtual RAM - like over a gig. Is that normal? I use iStat nano, and it shows that a lot of my 2 gigs is inactive (red) rather than free. I'm assuming that's the kernel.

    Is there something wrong?
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

    xUKHCx

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    This is all normal.

    BTW it is most likely that this inactive ram is programs that you have used and quit. OS X keeps these porgrams in ram incase you reopen them (it will be a lot quicker to reopen the apps) it another application neeeds the ram then the ram will become active again.
     

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