"system has run out of application memory"

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by bigpoppamac31, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    So I got the following message a few moments ago. Something I've never had before. After seeing it I checked my iStat menu in dashboard to find my memory swap showing 65GB. Now it says 2GB and I didn't quit any apps. Why would it show this? Also I routinely seem to have to restart my Mac as I regularly hit ~8GB memory swap after a fresh restart.


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  2. howiest macrumors regular

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    Open Activity Monitor (Applications/Utilities) and see what is hogging your memory.
    Apparently Mail can sometimes be the culprit.
     
  3. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well Safari and Mail are the top two in that order. Safari is a huge memory hog. I don't know why Apple never fixed that. Granted I do have lots of tabs open so that likely not helping.
     

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