Hi,
I am stuck for the moment with 1gig of ram on a win xp machine running
a 8.2.3 postgres. With the java website taking 300meg, eclipse taking
250meg+, firefox 150meg+, all of which are going to be nasty to reduce
the mem usage of, I am looking at reducing postgres usage (the java
website runs on postgres). The db is not really a bottleneck for
development, so I am not concerned about reducing things very low. At
the moment I have around 10 postgres processes in the taskmanager, 5
of which are taking around 40meg. While the website is very db
intensive, I really need to get this down to under 100meg to stop my
system starting to swap.
Any ideas? I looked at postgresql.conf but don't really know what is
going to get the mem usage down when the db is not really being used.
Cheers
Anton

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  • Roman Neuhauser at Apr 14, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    # melser.anton@gmail.com / 2007-04-14 13:27:33 +0200:
    Hi,
    I am stuck for the moment with 1gig of ram on a win xp machine running
    a 8.2.3 postgres. With the java website taking 300meg,
    how is it going to scale?

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    You don't know, man. You don't KNOW.
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  • Anton Melser at Apr 14, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    On 14/04/07, Roman Neuhauser wrote:
    # melser.anton@gmail.com / 2007-04-14 13:27:33 +0200:
    Hi,
    I am stuck for the moment with 1gig of ram on a win xp machine running
    a 8.2.3 postgres. With the java website taking 300meg,
    how is it going to scale?
    It's not! The site is already serving thousands of concurrent users,
    and running on 8 servers (admin, load balancer, db, java servers, ...)
    - and it is running fine. I am developing a module, and pretty much
    need to have everything on my machine, hence my need to do with 1 gig
    what the real servers are doing with 10s. A LOT of stuff gets cached,
    which is why it is so mem hungry...
    Cheers
    Anton
  • Tom Lane at Apr 14, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    "Anton Melser" <melser.anton@gmail.com> writes:
    I am stuck for the moment with 1gig of ram on a win xp machine running
    a 8.2.3 postgres. With the java website taking 300meg, eclipse taking
    250meg+, firefox 150meg+, all of which are going to be nasty to reduce
    the mem usage of, I am looking at reducing postgres usage (the java
    website runs on postgres). The db is not really a bottleneck for
    development, so I am not concerned about reducing things very low. At
    the moment I have around 10 postgres processes in the taskmanager, 5
    of which are taking around 40meg.
    It's fairly likely that that report is misleading: most Unix versions
    of "top" report Postgres' shared memory as belonging to *each* backend,
    and I'll bet taskmanager is doing the same thing. You could reduce
    shared memory usage (cut shared_buffers in particular), which might make
    the reported usage drop to say 20mb per process, but you only saved
    20mb not 20*5.

    It sounds to me like you're simply wishing for more than your box can
    handle. Have you thought about running the client and server parts of
    your development on separate boxes? Or maybe install an OS with less
    overhead than Windoze?

    regards, tom lane
  • Anton Melser at Apr 14, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    It's fairly likely that that report is misleading: most Unix versions
    of "top" report Postgres' shared memory as belonging to *each* backend,
    and I'll bet taskmanager is doing the same thing. You could reduce
    shared memory usage (cut shared_buffers in particular), which might make
    the reported usage drop to say 20mb per process, but you only saved
    20mb not 20*5.

    It sounds to me like you're simply wishing for more than your box can
    handle. Have you thought about running the client and server parts of
    your development on separate boxes? Or maybe install an OS with less
    overhead than Windoze?
    Thanks for your advice Tom. And you are probably right - at work with
    1.5gig I can even get this + VS2005 + EntMan 2005 open without it
    starting to swap. I have had nasty experiences running eclipse in both
    Gentoo and Fedora (even though the production environment is Suse, so
    it might even make more sense), and with KDE/Gnome these days, I don't
    think there is much difference with XP...
    I guess I'm just waiting till a system with native virtualisation (no
    more reboots!) and enough memory comes into my price range before
    doing an upgrade :-).
    Thanks - I'll just have to keep my open apps to a minimum!
    Cheers
    Anton
  • Andrej Ricnik-Bay at Apr 19, 2007 at 12:43 am

    On 4/15/07, Anton Melser wrote:

    it might even make more sense), and with KDE/Gnome these days, I don't
    think there is much difference with XP...
    Of course you could use fluxbox, twm or something else less
    bloated ... my window-manager has a 2MB foot-print.

    Or use vim instead of Eclipse ;} ... would save you approx. 240MB
    in the blink of an eye.
    Cheers
    Anton
    Cheers,
    Andrej
  • Anton Melser at Apr 19, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    On 19/04/07, Andrej Ricnik-Bay wrote:
    On 4/15/07, Anton Melser wrote:

    it might even make more sense), and with KDE/Gnome these days, I don't
    think there is much difference with XP...
    Of course you could use fluxbox, twm or something else less
    bloated ... my window-manager has a 2MB foot-print.

    Or use vim instead of Eclipse ;} ... would save you approx. 240MB
    in the blink of an eye.
    I have long wanted to spend the time to get proficient enough at vim
    to be more productive than with IDEs... alas, it has just never
    happened!
    Cheers
    Anton

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