Pathfinder 9 19G memory footprint

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24 Nov, 2020 01:30 PM

Version 9.4 (2057)
MacOS High Sierra

I was wondering why Pathfinder was sluggish so I opened Activity Monitor.
Memory 19.22G, compressed 18G.

I know it's no using a lot of real memory, but the virtual address space is massively wasted here, and this explains why I get the spinning beachball of death when I try to do anything. I have to restart and then things get back to normal again. I've reported this in the past, but with no resolution but this time was the largest memory usage I've seen in a long time.

  1. 1 Posted by jimmy.aitken on 24 Nov, 2020 01:36 PM

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    More information before I had to restart from Activity Monitor:
    342 Open files.
    Real Memory: 703M
    Virtual memory: 99.6G (yes G)
    Shared Memory: 465M
    Private Memory: 342

    New attachment showing these:

  2. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 27 Nov, 2020 11:24 AM.

  3. Path Finder Support Team re-opened this discussion on 27 Nov, 2020 11:25 AM

  4. Support Staff 2 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 27 Nov, 2020 11:25 AM

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    Hi Jimmy,

    I appreciate reporting this!

    Could you send us a sample (a snapshot) of Path Finder process in a separate file? This will enable us to analyze what happens with the application.

    Here's how to get it:
    1. Open Path Finder and reproduce the problem. If the problem is dynamic (e.g. unexpected action result), please try reproducing it during the sample collection.
    2. Open Activity Monitor from the /Applications/Utilities folder.
    3. Select Path Finder in the process list. To help making a selection, type "Path Finder" in the Filter field.
    4. Click the Sample Process button in the toolbar - this will open a new window entitled "Sample of Path Finder" and a sample of the process is collected.
    5. Click Save and save the sample file.
    6. Close (Command-W) the Sample window opened in step 2.
    7. Send the sample file saved in step 5 to us.

    Looking forward to your reply!

    Best Regards,
    Path Finder Support Team

  5. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 27 Nov, 2020 11:25 AM.

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