Fwd: Install then reboot

Jordi Carrillo jordilin at gmail.com
Wed Aug 30 19:05:02 UTC 2006

In fact when compiling, freebsd uses lots of RAM, but then when finished, I
don't see it frees the memory used. I see the ram consumption from the gnome
system monitor. In any case, I have not payed a lot of attention since I
haven't reach the point where freebsd has the need to use swap.
Thanks anyway,

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jason Morgan <jwm-freebsd-questions at sentinelchicken.net>
Date: 30/08/2006 16:52
Subject: Re: Install then reboot
To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org

On Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 07:58:58PM +0200, Jordi Carrillo wrote:
> When I compile a new program from ports, freebsd takes quite a lot of RAM.
> Is that something right or it's a flaw? It does happen to you? The main
> problem is that not all memory used in compilation is freed, so it can be
> problem (meaning rebooting) after compiling a very big software such as
> openoffice or gnome.

How much memory FreeBSD uses when installing a port usually depends on
the port. However, how are you determining that the memory is not
freed up after the port is done installing? Are you running into
situation where a huge percentage of your ram is being used during the
build process, which then forces the system to swap *after* the
install is complete? If you are determining the amount of free ram by
simply looking at top(1), and the system is not swapping, then I don't
think you have an issue. FreeBSD will free up the memory when it needs

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