[GRLUG] pulseaudio using a TON of memory

John-Thomas Richards jtr at jrichards.org
Wed Jun 1 08:28:31 EDT 2011

I just glanced at Conky and noticed my RAM usage is higher than I've
ever seen it (currently using 4.7GiB).  I ran top and sorted by memory
usage.  Here are my top five results.

  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND                                          
 4116 jtr       20   0 4140m 3.8g 3328 S    1 48.5   6:50.98 pulseaudio                                       
 9737 jtr       20   0  843m 307m  36m R    2  3.9  52:04.12 firefox-bin                                      
15381 jtr       20   0  921m 122m  24m S    0  1.5  36:43.79 plugin-containe                                  
24336 jtr       20   0  645m 109m  71m S    0  1.4   0:18.84 soffice.bin                                      
 5615 root      20   0  190m  94m  22m S    6  1.2  46:46.62 Xorg    

Any ideas what is causing a *sound server* to use so much RAM?

(Running LMDE / Debian Wheezy, AMD64)
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