Safari WebKit using +/- 200MB Memory per page?

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  1. RedCroissant Suspended

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    Hello to all,

    I recently sold my PowerMac and am now using my iBook G4(14", 1.42 Ghz, 1.5GB RAM mid-2005) and have noticed that WebKit is using quite a bit of memory. Is around 200MB of memory per page(I only have MR open now and the usage is at 193.xx MB) the norm or am I doing something wrong with the settings? I just got too used to having plenty of memory in the G5 and now being limited to 1.5GB is making me more conscious(again) of my usage. I was on my school website last night and having 6 tabs open caused me to start using the swap and having some page outs. If that's the norm though, could someone recommend another browser that still has similar functionality but uses less memory?

    Right now with Apple Mail, Safari WebKit, and Activity Monitor open and running: I have 770 MB memory free with 94MB inactive.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    I think you have nothing to worry about. I am on my quad, with only MR open, and no addons on safari 5.06 and it uses 200MB.
     
  3. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Safari Intel can go up to 1GB. I'd say it's normal for this day and age.
     
  4. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    webkit with google docs and MR - 450MB on my G5.
     
  5. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    Well thanks to both of you. That's good to know that the usage seems normal. Do either of you have ideas on how to decrease that usage or is there a better browser that doesn't use as much memory but is just as effective? If not, that's fine. I just don't want it to be the case that using the internet becomes the downfall of my iBook anytime soon.
     
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Most of the time it's all the javascript and flash that piles up in the memory...

    Hmmm...

    How about scheduling an Applescript that would run a set of terminal commands every hour? Like purge and some of the others? Have it run at login, and then tell it at what cycle to run.
     
  7. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

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    Hi JL,

    I thought about that, but it's not inactive memory that's a problem with WebKit. I just thought that 200MB per tab was excessive. It turns out that it seems to be normal and in comparison to others it actually seems better. I do like the purge command though.
     

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