X Server: abused or buggy?

Óscar Fuentes ofv at wanadoo.es
Tue Dec 9 08:06:04 PST 2008

Alan Cox <alan at lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk> writes:

>> Why should it be a KDE bug if the X server is leaking memory?  I used to
> The KDE app told X to cache all those pixmaps. X is just doing what it
> was asked to. The alternative would be that it decided to kill off that
> client for being dumb.

So in your opinion using X as a cache for 500 MB of pixmaps is dumb. I
tend to agree, but it is reasonable to expect that when the app closes
and the pixmaps are freed, all that memory is returned to the OS? In
other words, is a bug that under this usage mode the memory asigned to X
grows monotonically?


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