X Server: abused or buggy?

Alan Coopersmith Alan.Coopersmith at Sun.COM
Tue Dec 9 08:54:42 PST 2008

Óscar Fuentes wrote:
> 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? 

Depends on the malloc() implementation in your libc and how fragmented
your heap is.   X does nothing special beyond free() on the memory.

	-Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at sun.com
	 Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

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