Available Memory on Task Killer

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  1. rsandre

    rsandre New Member

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    Is there a reason why my Available Memory slowly declines throughout the day even though I kill all tasks running each time I use it?
     
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    Don't know exactly why, maybe memory leaks? I usually just use atk to close off the browser or whatever game I was playing, leaves me with more memory overall than closing all the apps. Most of them restart anyways.
     
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    You don't need to worry about available memory with the Droid. The Droid is quite capable of running it's own memory without your interference. That's one of the things that separate the Droid from inferior phones like the Blackberry Storm.

    I won't tell you to get rid of task killer, but I will say stop using it throughout the day and let the Droid do it's thing. If you want to shut off a particular task because it's a battery hog or something of that nature then fine but that should be the only reason you use it. And there are several people who will tell you you don't need it at all.
     
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    The linux kernel, in general, caches things to memory to make them available. These things take up memory, but are marked also as expendable (so the memory can be recovered if another program needs them).

    So, it can be good to kill things that do not properly use memory or are not needed (though that too is not strictly necessary, as seen in the above link), but not having "Free Memory" is not something be concerned about on Linux in general.

    It is much faster (and more efficient) to pull those needed things from memory than from the machine's normal storage, and if other programs do not need the memory, there is no need to recover it.
     
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