256 MB not enough RAM for Desktop-FreeBSD, a strange experience
f.nossin at student.tue.nl
Thu Apr 28 05:59:20 PDT 2005
Hello list-member :)
I had the same experience with OpenOffice. I do have the same amount of RAM,
but I think it is not related to the size the machine's memory, UNLESS the
use of virtual memory is a problem. The thing is, the 256 of RAM is often
used for 100% on my system and therefor it has to swap a lot. OO.org didn't
even start in XFCE properly on my machine and I too couldn't kill the
process. Even with kill -9. Unfortunately nobody was able to help, I did
sent a message over this list but nobody came up with the cause of the
problem or a solution. I do think it is BSD related because the process was
unkillable. If you find the cause, or even better a solution, to this
problem I'd like to hear about it.
From: Benjamin Thelen [mailto:bt at ccgis.de]
Sent: woensdag 27 april 2005 16:20
To: questions at freebsd.org
Subject: 256 MB not enough RAM for Desktop-FreeBSD, a strange experience
I started using FreeBSD as a Desktop in December 04 with the hardware
Asus TUSL-C with PIII-1133
256 MB RAM
Very often OpenOffice-1.4 died on starting, just showing the splash screen.
I couldn't kill the process, even not with "-9". So I had to reboot. Because
of KDEs behavior to start applications, which have been used before,
OpenOffice was started automatically on KDEs
startup. Mostly successful. OpenOffice started a bit more reliable
In combination with this FreeBSD was hanging on the end of a shutdown:
No buffers busy after final sync
I didn't find very helpful information on the net, but since I added
256 MB of RAM I have never seen one of these errors.
Does someone have any idea what that could have been caused? Adding
more RAM, gaining stability, gaining speed, ok...
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