[OS X TeX] Swapfiles [WAS: OT: effective Macintosh Trojan ...]
amanfroi at mac.com
Thu May 5 21:29:59 EDT 2005
I have to agree with David.
I have not done any scientific test, but I have never seen the number
of swapfiles decrease without a reboot. The way I notice this is on
my iBook, where HD space is tight. When many swapfiles are created,
the HD free space gets very low. I then quit all applications and
wait to see if the free HD space ever increases. It does not, and I
then prefer to reboot.
On May 5, 2005, at 20:18, david craig wrote:
>> OS X will create those swapfiles and number them consecutively.
>> When the load average goes down again over an extended period of
>> time, it will delete them again.
> I have never EVER observed OS X to delete swapfiles. I notice them
> because even with 1 GB of RAM, applications like Graphic Converter,
> Retrospect, and Maple will often cause the OS to spawn four or five
> swapfiles, which leads to noticeable system slowdoans and some
> interesting Finder bugs. Noticing that these refuse to go away,
> I've even experimented by quitting every application I can and
> leaving the machine be, once for as long as an entire weekend --
> the swapfiles were still there. Because they bug me so much I've
> been keeping an close eye on system swapfile management for many
> months now, and not once in all that time has the number of
> swapfiles on my system gone down short of a reboot. YMMV.
> David Craig
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