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On Wednesday 22 November 2006 4:32 pm, Nick Nugent wrote:
> case, however, in contrast to the first, inspecting the size of the
> interpreter's process in the host operating system shows that very
> little of the total memory allocated by this script is ever freed.

in Linux (like any Unix, AFAIK), it's very rare for a process to return memory 
to the OS; any free()'d memory is returned to an in-process free list.  the 
process size (as reported by /proc, ps, top, and friends) is roughly the max 
size it has reached.


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