Kernel Task is a RAM hoarder!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MrCheeto, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

    MrCheeto

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    Is there any specific reason Kernel_Task seems to think he owns the place? What gives? It's like I turn my MacBook on and he's all like "oh hai! Ize just a system task! 50mb of memory? That's cool that's cool" Then only 2 hours later he's all like "Nah man, I just needed some more room see, it's like 120mb ain't dat much, k?"

    I know that OS X handles ram real good and all, by freeing memory when it's required for higher-priority tasks, but I also know that it takes a bit more time to clear that memory AND re-allocate it...

    So, is this a memory leak? And while I'm at it what about iChat Agent and Colloquy that are battling out to be RAM champ?

    OH, and I haz 2gb installed at the moment.
     
  2. matthewscott661 macrumors 6502

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    My kernel task is at 119 MB. It's perfectly normal.
     
  3. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    He does own the place. Why do you think he has PID 0? He's the kernel's rep for the userland, and is in charge of passing out RAM, IIRC.
     
  4. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So you're saying...I have to destroy him if I am to defeat him?

    It will be done >8
     
  5. sammich macrumors 601

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    Go ahead, quit the kernel_task. Try coreservicesd too.

    This should be good.

    Unless you know what you're doing, you should leave any process alone that doesn't belong your user. 120MB is measly these days.

    Yeah, kernel_task handles all the memory usage or something, see this complicated article here http://bleepsoft.com/tyler/index.php?itemid=43
     
  6. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Sorry had to reboot.

    The Kernel_Task, he is strong >8\
     
  7. matthewscott661 macrumors 6502

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    This thread has taken a turn for the worst.
     
  8. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    It's best not to fight your own OS.
     
  9. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    At which road sign did you figure THIS out?
     
  10. designgeek macrumors 65816

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    This is a loosing battle. How about you give up and try to take the engine out of your car, at least it'll still move when you push it downhill.:D Seriously, it's there for a reason.

    Edit: What is this even about?
     
  11. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Oh carp on a troller, I'm loosing? There's nothing I hate worse than loosing, well I don't like losing but loosing is just...*dies*
     
  12. Cinder6 macrumors 6502

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    You can beat him, but it's a Pyrrhic victory, at best.
     

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