Safari: the memory hog!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by benlee, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. benlee macrumors 65816

    benlee

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    why is safari hogging so much of my memory? I have this page open and that is it and activity monitor shows me using 146.50 mb or real memory. whats the deal with that? Is there anything i can do?
     
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    ummm, only thing I can think of is empty your cache on safari and your page history, saved pages etc that way it should run faster. That might help with memory. I know that firefox is also a memory pig. It helped when i got rid of any extra toolbars and emptied the cache, temporary files, history, etc, which you can do in your preferences
     
  3. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    Quit the browser
    Reopen the browser

    Works with all browsers. :)
    No need to empty caches, cookies, etc.

    Browsers nowadays cache recently viewed pages (in case you go back to them), there's where the memory eating occurs.
     
  4. Blubbert macrumors 6502

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    I dont understand posts like these, whats the point of having a gig of memory if you dont want to use it? Unused memory is a waste. All the complaints that programs are memory hogs are totally pointless, as you have more then enough memory to run Safari, and a large number of other applications without a problem.
     
  5. benlee thread starter macrumors 65816

    benlee

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    actually almost all my memory was being used. and all i had open was itunes, safari, and transmission. In fact, i did quit out of safari and reopen it and it used a quarter of the memory. i was just a bit concerned when i only had like 12 mb available when it is never like that. I dont see how it is pointless....one page of safari should not use 125 mb of ram thats all. Thats like saying "whats the point of having a 120 GB harddrive if you dont have all but 1 GB used?" I see your point but....i was concerned because of all the memory safari was using that it shouldnt have been
     
  6. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    As others have hinted at, this is actually a "feature" of Safari. Safari does extensive caching of previously-visted pages to help you load them faster when you go back to them.

    As a side note, be aware that "inactive" RAM is the same as free RAM for all intents and purposes.

    And the number one rule: OS X actually does a very good job of memory management...it's almost always best to just let it do its own thing.
     
  7. benlee thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, I was wondering about the whole inactive vs. free thing. Yeah, the caching "feature" seems to make sense because i noticed the longer i have it open the more memory it seems to use. Thanks again
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

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