Re: memory leak??

Mitchell B. Wagers ( (no email) )
Tue, 20 Jan 1998 09:15:13 -0800

You shouldn't have a swap file smaller than your physical memory.

At 10:06 AM 1/20/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I recently discovered a nasty memory leak in one of our servers and would
>love to know if anyone's got a cure for it. At the moment, I have no idea
>where it's coming from. The machine is a dual-Pentium 133 with 256MB RAM
>and 64MB swapfile; NT 4.0 SP3 with some hot-fixes. It was last rebooted a
>few days before Christmas '97. According to Task Manager, about 172MB are
>being used (added all the memory being used by the processes), but it says
>that 278MB of 309MB is being used.
>I have 3 screenshots from Task Manager and NT Diagnostics while not running
>any programs other than what's always running in the background:
>The primary applications that run on it are:
> SQL Server 6.5 (SP3)
> 100MB of RAM is allocated to SQL (2*50000), though Task Manager
> reports that 80 is actually being used.
> The data part of the db is allocated 50MB of diskspace
> The log is allocated 25MB of diskspace on a separate device
> RadiusNT 2.2.41 (service)
> Serv-U FTP (with srvany.exe)
>Applications that I frequently run on this machine are:
> Emerald 2.1.11 (crashes periodically, stating that "someusername"
> is already in use; Invalid procedure call)
> MSIE 3.02 (minimal usage)
> MS Internet Mail
> Windows NT Explorer
> ISQL/w
> Notepad, Wordpad, cmd, nslookup, whois, telnet
>I just noticed that Emerald uses around 9MB of RAM, but when closed, the
>memory usage only dropped about 6MB. I don't if this is "normal" or not,
>but if not, I suppose opening and closing this day in and day out could
>possibly account for the huge amount of memory that can't be accounted
>If anyone has and ideas, I'd sure appreciate it. I wouldn't consider the
>constant rebooting of the server to be much of a cure for this...
>Josh Hillman
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