Strange disc space issue

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by deepakvrao, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. deepakvrao macrumors regular

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    I had about 14gb free space on my MBA 13, and I copied 2gb of images from a memory card.

    As I was scrolling [no editing] thru the images with Xee, I got a message saying that I was running out of space, and sure enough when I checked with Activity Monitor, I was down to 250MB or so.

    Was stumped till I saw that there was 10gb plus of 'pages out' in the system memory. I closes Xee, deleted the images, emptied the trash, and got the 14gb back.

    Any idea why this was happening? I have 4gb RAM and have never seen more than a few Kb of pages out in System Memory.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    So this program Xee either is a memory hog or it has severe memory leaking issues.

    Anyways that's the way it works. When your computer is low on RAM it uses your internal disk as swap, which uses up your free space.
     
  3. deepakvrao thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sure, I understand that, but 10GB of swap files when I was just scrolling thru 2gb of pics? Better ditch the app I guess.
     

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