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Handle growing SystemUIServer memory usage
Authored by: name99 on Sep 21, '10 03:49:02PM

Some people have complained about my blaming iStat menus for this. Let me say:

(a) I love iStat menus. If I didn't I would just disable it.

(b) Although I aggressively report bugs (I expect Apple are sick of me) I personally have not reported this one to Bjango. When I was doing research on what SystemUIServer did, and why it was growing so large on my machines, I saw many reports of iStat menus, dating from a long time ago; and I figured that Bjango simply knew about this. Fair enough, it's a big internet, so I will submit a bug report to them.

(c) Is it fair to blame them? Like most people, I'm not really in a position to track this down scientifically --- that's the problem with bugs that take many many days to manifest themselves. I don't use any 3rd party menulings apart from iStat. so it's either them or Apple.

Of course it COULD be Apple, but that seems the sort of thing Apple would catch internally, not necessarily from formal testing but just from engineers noticing huge SystemUIServer memory usage on various machines (home machines, work machines, spouses machines). Back when I worked at Apple, for example, I'd certainly write up a bug for anything unexpected I saw on a machine, my own or someone else's.

As for reproducibility, I have a very customized version of iStat, in that the display of pretty much everything has been changed from the default way Bjango has it set up. It is certainly possible that it is only if you use CPU display with custom colors AND aggregating CPUs (or whatever) that the bug is triggered, which is why some people don't see it.

(d) I used MenuMeters before iStat Menus, and found it did the job, but iStat Menus is substantially richer in what it displays, and I have come to really like having easy access to the info it presents.

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