[ardour-users] Ardour not using available memory?

Jack O'Quin joq at io.com
Fri Apr 30 14:47:26 PDT 2004

Scott Helmke <scott at scotthelmke.com> writes:

> I'll give that a shot; I've got a spare disk I can use.  With Fedora it's 
> ext3 on /, which is pretty much the entire disk.  I don't have room in the 
> box for SCSI, and maybe not even a second HD since it's one of those little 
> Shuttle boxes.  I've gotten a Firewire CD burner to work; would a Firewire 
> hard disk make sense?

Probably.  No personal experience with it, but it seems like a good
solution for portable, hot-pluggable audio storage.  Fairly
inexpensive, too.  

I'd be interested to hear from those who've tried it.

> So it turns out about half of my Gb of memory was held by tmpfs.  I can't see 
> why the two tmpfs filesystems (/dev/shm and for jack) could need more than 
> 100Mb or so, at a guess.  However, limiting them to 100Mb didn't have any 
> apparent effect on Ardour's performance or on the CPU meter.  Ardour is 
> still (according to top) using 150Mb.  

Probably half a GB of *virtual* memory.  No significant overhead in

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