What is this in my System Monitor?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ccalleri, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. ccalleri macrumors member

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    What is kernel_task .. look how much memory is being used. Is this normal?
     

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  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That's Process 0, effectively it's OS X and it spawns every other process for it.
     
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    That's the core of Mac OS X, without it you wouldn't be able to run the OS and it would crash.
     
  4. ccalleri thread starter macrumors member

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    is the amount of memory it's using normal? .. what should it range?
     
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  6. ultimateceej macrumors regular

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    Mine is using 1.07 GB virtual memory on a 2.16 MBP 2 GB RAM and it seems to be running perfectly.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I see process 7429, so no.
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

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  9. ccalleri thread starter macrumors member

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    correct .. it's NOT a cold boot .. but from what i am gathering it's totally normal! .. thx! ..

    however, what is the "window_server" process?
     
  10. ultimateceej macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty sure that it has something to do with Expose and Dashboard as in it controls the movement of the windows and such.... just a guess.
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's the graphical process of OS X in which the GUI runs off of. For my Mac mini right now, the first 69 processes are before I ever even log in.
     
  12. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    You guys will need to realise that OSX is a UNIX system. There are lots of processes just to keep the operating system going! It's a beauty, really. There should be no other operating systems besides UNIX, if you ask me.
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I suggest viewing the Activity Monitor in "All Processes, Hierarchically". You can then see what processes spawn others.
     

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