Bug#599769: the xorg server consumes ram without freeing it whilst using a 3d, application

Macarthur Inbody 133794m3r at gmail.com
Mon Feb 20 21:43:11 UTC 2012

On 02/18/2012 04:05 PM, Andreas Beckmann wrote:
> Hi,
> On 2011-05-29 10:14, macarthur wrote:
>> I'm unable to try the ones since 270.* and later, since I'm unable to
>> attempt to use 3d. Whenever I do, my graphics cards temperature
>> increases rapidly to over 80*C and doesn't stop until 100*C within a
>> minute or so of use. And since I don't want to risk further harm to the
>> system, I'll be unable to attempt to use the latest ones. Once I have a
>> computer with an nvidia card again, I'll resume testing. But until then,
>> this bug will have to stay as it currently is(which i imagine is
>> unconfirmed) or whatever it is.  I hope to have a new one within the
>> next few months.
> Did you get a new system in the meantime? Did you any further tests on
> this old bug?
> Current drivers are 290.10 in testing and 295.20 in unstable.
> Andreas

I meant to reply-all on the last one. I'm going to copy-paste it below 
this one. Anyway, it's slowly going down. And I'm using the latest 
nvidia-drivers from backports since the current nvidia-drivers segfault 
when trying to install them.

I've got a new system since then, and it still does it. Memory use 
increased from 43.7MB to 133.3MB when running a 3d application, it 
dropped from 157MB(during execution) but still didn't drop back to where 
it used to be. This is the thing I was talking about, xorg doesn't 
completely free the memory. After sitting here for ~10min it's dropped 
by another 8MB so I guess xorg _is_ freeing the memory but it's taking 
its own sweet time since the memory use is going down over time.

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