X server memory footprint growing continuously and monotonically over time

Daniel Stone daniel at fooishbar.org
Sun Nov 11 06:55:03 PST 2007

On Sun, Nov 11, 2007 at 06:39:03AM +0000, Omari Stephens wrote:
> Hi, all.  This is a continuation to my email "X server occupying > 1 GB of 
> memory".  Since that email, my box ran completely out of memory (thank goodness 
> for the OOM-killer), so I restarted X and had most of my 2 gigs back, as expected.
> This time, I'm using the "nv" driver rather than "nvidia", and have found 
> similar behavior (though, given the difference between my uptime and the time 
> since I sent my original email, this seems to be increasing less quickly). See
> http://people.csail.mit.edu/xsdg/x-mem/nov2/x-memory.png
> Note that the X server's memory footprint grows at a fixed rate of about 0.5 
> megabytes per hour.  That is, every 24 hours, X packs on about 12 megs of 
> memory.  On top of this base rate, pixmaps cause the footprint to grow and 
> shrink a bit, but after around 2 weeks, the space used for pixmaps is less than 
> half of what X is using itself.
> Again, if anybody has any ideas of things to check, things to poke at, or folks 
> to talk to, I am sort of desperate.

Is this still occurring with xorg-server 1.4.x?

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