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Re: Postgres filling up hard drive with swap files

From: Joe Lester <joe_lester(at)sweetwater(dot)com>
To: postgres list <pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Cc: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)dcc(dot)uchile(dot)cl>,Bill Moran <wmoran(at)potentialtech(dot)com>
Subject: Re: Postgres filling up hard drive with swap files
Date: 2004-08-20 18:33:21
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> How many Postgres processes are running?

146 right now. Most of them are idle at any given point in time.

> Does this number increase with
> the memory usage.

No. There are 140 - 150 postgres processes running on average, but the 
memory usage keeps going up and up.

> Simple fact of the matter is that you have apparently found a memory
> leak.  How Mac OS X deals with swapping is (more or less) unimportant.

Wow, I sure hope not. I was really hoping to take care of the problem.

> I'm wondering, however, if you have a connection leak instead.  i.e.
> is it possible that your client application is opening a whole bunch
> of connections and never closing them?

No. The clients open only one connection (and hang onto it for dear 
life  :-).

> You did show that you have
> a max # of connection of 200.  That's pretty high, unless you've got
> a lot of RAM in that machine.

I have 512 MB of RAM in the machine. The server is performing 
wonderfully. It's just that the swap files keep sprouting like weeds.

> A more accurate description of the problem would be:
> How many connections are actually open?

146 right now. That's about average.

> How much memory is actually in use by Postgres processes?  (The amount 
> of
> swap in use is unimportant to the Postgres folks, it's an OS thing)

This is where I could use some pointers. The following line is a top 
entry for a single postgres process. Hope that helps.

14235 postgres     0.0%  0:01.36   1     9    33   880K  16.9M  9.62M  

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