Troubleshooting server memory leaks

Dennis J. dennisml at
Thu Nov 26 10:15:03 PST 2009

On 11/26/2009 03:42 AM, Ross Vandegrift wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I've noticed a slow memory leak which causes Xorg to burn through all
> the memory on my workstation.  After leaving it run approximately 30
> hours, the RSS is at 55.6% of 2GiB.  I have returned to an OOMed box
> that I had to powercycle.  Last night, I came back to an RSS of ~80%
> of 2GiB, all of my swap used, but was able to kill and restart Xorg in
> time.  xrestop show usage of about 30MiB.
> There is a potential match in the Debian BTS [1], but there is no
> solution, or even a guess.
> I don't know much else about troubleshooting memory leaks in the X
> server.  What should I look at next?
> This is Xorg 7.4, X server 1.6.5, nv driver, no compositing manager,
> no DRI.  System is Debian testing/unstable.
> [1]

I'm seeing the same thing on Fedora 11:


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