[Wine] Memory problems/questions

Martin Gregorie martin at gregorie.org
Sat Jul 30 12:42:42 CDT 2011

On Sat, 2011-07-30 at 09:53 -0500, Kairhos wrote:
> @hotshotkev: I use an x86 kernel for the same reason.
> @Martin Gregorie: 
> This is the output of top when Drakensang crashes and throws an out of memory error (I only included the first three processes as all other processes use less than 1% of memory at that time):
> Tasks: 110 total,   1 running, 108 sleeping,   0 stopped,   1 zombie
> Cpu(s):  0.7%us,  0.8%sy,  0.0%ni, 98.5%id,  0.0%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
> Mem:   4147096k total,  3537336k used,   609760k free,    31700k buffers
> Swap:  1959892k total,        0k used,  1959892k free,  1957400k cached
>   PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND            
>  4632 melvin    20   0 2992m 1.3g  49m S    2 34.0   4:20.98 drakensang.exe     
>  4635 melvin    20   0  6108 3200  684 S    1  0.1   0:05.56 wineserver         
>  2848 root      20   0 72940  56m  14m S    1  1.4   2:13.54 Xorg
That points the finger squarely at drakensang as the memory hog. 

I seem to remember a comment about some Windows programs crashing by
grabbing as much memory as possible whether they need it or not and then
complaining because they can't get any more, so have a trawl through the
forum archives to see which programs or groups of do this and what
work-rounds there are. 

If you're running a 32 bit system, this looks very much like the program
almost filling the user process space (3GB limit) and then crashing when
it asks for another chunk of memory.


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