Memory leak?

Peter van den Bosch pvdb at
Thu Oct 14 11:56:34 CEST 2004

Panagiotis Issaris wrote:

> Peter van den Bosch wrote:
>> Hi list,
>> I run Linux vesuvio (RTAI-3.1-test4) compiled for Duron and 
>> noticed that when running user space programs they seem to not return 
>> all the used memory! I did the following with the user/preempt example:
>> grep MemFree < /proc/meminfo
>> ./run (CTRL-C)
>> grep MemFree < /proc/meminfo
>> which results in 300kB less free memory every time! With the result 
>> that running the program several hundreds of times it won't start 
>> anymore because of lack of memory :-(
>> I also noticed this with my own programs. Is this a known problem or 
>> some mistake of mine?
> I had similar problems with RTAI-3.1-test4. The userspace/switch tests 
> did not exit properly, and consumed
> memory until:
> Wait for it...
> Out of memory: killed process 1690
> LXRT releases PID 1690
> Out of memory: killed process 1691
> LXRT releases PID 1691
> Out of memory: killed process 1692
> LXRT releases PID 1692
> ...
> killed 371 (sshd)
> killed 380 (bash)
> After which I had to reboot the machine, because of the decreasing 
> responsiveness of the machine.
> I also noted in killing an LXRT application, that although everything 
> looked to be cleaned up -I removed
> all RTAI modules- the CPU load was increasing continuously. When 
> reaching 25 I rebooted the machine.
> With friendly regards,
> Takis
I wonder, do you imply newer versions (>3.1-test4) do no give the same 
problem for you? (I did not try that yet)


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