kernel_task Question

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  1. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

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    Quick question. When I open Activity Monitor, kernel_task is using approx 240 MB of real memory, and 67 of virtual. All I have open is Safari (and Activity Monitor)

    Seems like alot of real memory for one process.

    What are you all reporting? Is this normal?
     
  2. MacKeeperFanMod macrumors regular

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    Kernal_task is the kernel of your system (hence, process 0). It is the main part of your OS and is uber-important to the functioning of your system. Kernel extensions, like drivers to talk to printers, mice etc. are loaded wia kernel extensions. Maybe this is normal for such a process.

    Which version of your system?
     
  3. saxon48 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    10.6.4

    Yeah, I've heard that it is, quite literally, the heartbeat of a Mac. Just wondering if the real memory usage on it is abnormally high or not. What does yours report?
     
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    That doesn't seem that high to me. My kernel is using 320MB of RAM on my MacBook Pro right now.
     
  5. saxon48 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK, thank you for the response. I had never really looked at the kernel process before, so I had no idea if the memory usage was normal or not.

    Also, the number of threads is 58. Again, nothing to worry about I assume?
     
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    That's nothing out of the ordinary.
     
  7. saxon48 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Again, thank you. My apologies for the n00b questions.
     

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