5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 7, 2008 5:20 AM by nolefan

    Memory leak?

    GabrielM Enthusiast



      I would like to know if this has happened to anybody here. This has happened to me twice since switching from Parallels to VMware beta 4. After a while (4-6 hours of heavy VM use), I get a message saying that disk space is low on my OS X computer, followed by a VMware message regarding low disk space. I check the drive and see that i have 150kb free when i should have 40gb. I look at the task monitor and see nothing wrong as far as memory and swap is concerned.


      Stopping VMware does not help; I need to do a reboot and the disk space comes back.


      Did this happen to anybody here?

        • 1. Re: Memory leak?
          BP9906 Expert

          When you first start up...


          How much free disk space do you have in OSX and the Guest VM? How much RAM do you have for both OSX and VM?

          What type of Mac do you have?


          Also, you can use iStat Pro widget to see your OSX system stats: http://islayer.com/support/?p=24


          This may help you too.

          • 2. Re: Memory leak?

            I haven't seen this before. Next time it happens, can you try to figure out where the space is going?

            • 3. Re: Memory leak?

              These warnings are coming from the host OS (OS X), not inside the VM?


              When this happens, can you use Terminal to do "ls -lh /var/vm/" and "df -lh"?

              • 4. Re: Memory leak?
                GabrielM Enthusiast

                It happens from the host OS - not inside the VM. I have 40gb of free disk space before starting VMware, 3gb RAM and 1.2gb assigned to the VM. I have a MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo (not the latest generation).


                The problem does not seem to occur slowly - my free disk space is stable and suddenly it starts dropping like crazy.


                I will try to diagnose where the space is going the next time it happens. Hopefully it has nothing to do with VMware.

                • 5. Re: Memory leak?
                  nolefan Lurker

                  At first, I thought this was a VM problem but it's not, Check your SQL Server log file. Mine was 37GB on a 3GB database. If this is your problem, you'll need to set SQL Server Recovery to Simple rather than full. There is also a script to shrink your log file.