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Memory usage

Posted on 2004-08-31
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Last Modified: 2010-04-15
I have this Windows Service running 24 / 7 (of course).

It seems to always be consuming more and more amounts of RAM as it runs.

How can I tell a memory leak versus normal operation?
Question by:Tom Knowlton
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Author Comment

by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 11945427
Actually...I watched it a little while longer and the memory usage went down about 1,000 K or so.

So, I guess memory is released from time to time as the service runs.

Expert Comment

ID: 11945658
the garbage collection takes care of releasing objects, but you never know when that's going to happen.

Author Comment

by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 11945676
So under the GC....are "memory leaks" even possible?

Accepted Solution

msdixon earned 2000 total points
ID: 11945724
it's not supposed to happen, but i had a windows service that ended up consuming over 1 Gig of ram and eventually crashed the server. i traced through every line, and couldn't find why all that ram was being used up. it used a lot of file streams, but i used a "using" block for each of them.

how much ram is it using? anything between 20 - 70 mb is normal.

Author Comment

by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 11945737
Definitely between 20 and 70 MB.

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