Memory leak?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by enerfi, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. enerfi macrumors newbie

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    Hi!



    I have a new MBP 8 GB which I am having some issues with.

    I believe that a large number of windows, PDF files and spaces are causing the problems. Once a week I have to close everything which is really frustrating.

    It's a MBP and it should handle these tasks even if they are many!



    What happens is that a program either completely stops working or I close it before it stops working.



    In particular, I think that large PDF files might be the main reason.



    Cheers


    MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X El Capitan (10.11)
     
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    what do you mean with memory leak ?
    I didnt understand what the issue is ....
     
  3. enerfi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, maybe I am not using the term correctly.

    The problem is that the mac get's "tired" from all my windows and pdfs. I see on the activity monitor as well that they are consuming a lot of memory.

    How can I fix this?
     
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    It seems to be related to memory management ...
    What numbers do you read in the Swap Used field ? What about the Memory Pressure graph ? Is it mostly red ?
     
  5. enerfi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Swap is now only 1.1 GB but I haven't checked it when things are going bad. Graph is sometimes orange.
    I can update when things are going bad. But assuming that memory management is the problem, what should I do? (I do not want to close windows or spaces)

    Thanks!
     
  6. KALLT macrumors 601

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    1 GB of swap is indeed pretty bad. It means that you are consuming more memory than you have available. From your posts I gather that you make extensive use of memory-consuming tasks, so it is no surprise. Larges PDFs can indeed be an issue.
     
  7. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    There's a thread on this (El Cap) forum re: PDFs eating up RAM very quickly. Just scrolling back and forth in the PDF starts eating up the RAM and keeps getting worse. I verified on my El Cap machine. If you close the PDF, it does free up a fair amount of space shortly under Preview, but, still keeps some memory allocated.

    In general, yes, can see memory usage going away pretty quick. For example, Safari will eat up a lot of RAM, depending on how many sites you've visited since starting, each open tab will eat about 100MB with nothing on it. Can see other apps that have been running for days allocating more and more memory over time and not freeing it.

    So, in some cases, yes, could be memory leaks contributing, but also usage pattern combined with specific apps are probably a big culprit.
     
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    1.1 Gb of swap file are a BIG swap file !
    I would think it's related to big PDFs (what application are you using), but it could be that you made a poor choice regarding the memory needs for your Mac.
     
  9. enerfi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am using Preview, should I use Adobe reader or something? I have 8 GB of RAM and seriously, I though that a MBP should cope with many pdf-files..

    Thanks, man!
     
  10. Mcmeowmers macrumors 6502

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    I've experienced the same thing. I have 16gb of memory and ill occasionally get up to 2gb of swap. If you have Adobe Acrobat you could try optimizing some of the pdf files. I've found its usually related to a specific file
     

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