[SATLUG] openoffice issue

John Chalinder argiod at bresnan.net
Sat May 10 11:18:26 CDT 2008

not sure how to defrag RAM on a linux box... on my Redmond box it's fairly 
simple using System Mechanic.

RAM tends to get fragmented, just like a hd, with use. When you reboot, it 
automatically comes up clean again. A lot of stuff is left in RAM even after 
the program using it is no longer running, except for the rare program written 
by a kind programmer who has written automatic cleanup routines into the 
program. Most however, are sloppy and leave 'artifacts' behind. If you notice 
the problem doesn't occur until you've been running the system for a while, 
it's probably the cause.

Increasing virtual memory can help by giving your programs more space to trade 
out segments of code in the swap file. This will help if you keep several 
programs running at the same time. Some programs automatically latch onto a 
given amount of vitual memory (swap file) and do not release them when 
finished. These usually don't get wiped from virtual mem until the next 

Take note if the problem occures soon after bootup, or only after you've been 
working for a while, or when you have multiple programs going, or after having 
used several programs that may have left junk behind. If the problem happens 
when you use open office before any other programs, then my advice is probably 
wrong. But I've had this sort of problem on my Window$ box with other 
programs, and the fix is usually one of the two I suggested.

In any case, it can't hurt to give it a shot. Find out how much virtual mem 
open office uses, and bump your vm to accomodate. This will give it full, 
exclusive access to as much as it needs. Every time I add a new program I 
usually bump the vm by at least half the program's base requirement.

On Sat, 10 May 2008 10:34:32 -0500 (CDT)
  Borries Demeler <demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu> wrote:
>> Offhand, it sounds like you need to defrag your RAM periodically.
> How do you "defrag RAM"??
>> Also, try increasing the size of your virtual memory.
> I can't see how this would make a difference, since this occurs even when 
> nothing else is running (on a 2 GB RAM machine), but I'll give it a try the 
> next time it happens.
> -b.

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