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    Question Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    Hey guys!
    I apologize if I'm stupid enough to create a thread with a subject that already exists.
    I am a newbie at this forum and I wasn't in the mood of searching through a million threads.

    Let me just say that I'm not a newbie in the world of Linux and Ubuntu since I've been using it for the past 6-7 years.

    To the question!
    I'm constantly looking for an audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM. I've got 6GB and the last players I've tried consumed at least 700MB of RAM and that's not okay.

    After all the "research" I've done, digging through the Software Center, installing almost every audio player there is I'm back with mocp again.

    So, is there an audio player that doesn't eat all my RAM?
    I already know of mpd and xmms2. I'm thinking a complete audio player with a GUI like banshee etc.

    Shoot!

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    Re: Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    How are you coming up with this 700MB number?
    (if it's VIRT in top then you are mis-understanding it

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    Re: Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    700MiB that is in the system monitor.

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    Re: Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    Even Amarok, which is probably the most resource hungry media player in Linux, is using less than 100mb ram of my 4 Gig.
    How are coming up with that figure? & What system are you running, is it a proper install, wubi, or a virtual install?

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    Re: Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    Generally all players here use 30 -60 MiB, rhymthbox a bit more.
    (all just a drop in the bucket on machines with decent ram

    The current exception would be banshee which here on 13.04 may have quite a memory leak - 1 Mib per sec while playing
    (am going to look at that further shortly
    Edit: that was only on a first run of banshee, now holding around 42MiB
    Last edited by mc4man; March 8th, 2013 at 09:26 PM.

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    Re: Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    This is a clean install of Ubuntu 12.04 since a week ago. And yes, it's updated etc.

    Sure, mocp uses about 50MiB and that's okay in my book.

    OT; Just out of curiosity. Why would I listen to music in a wubi och virtual install?

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    Re: Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    Hmmmm.... has anybody mentioned Audacious yet? It looks good and runs nicely with not much ram-grabbing. Not sure of the exact figures...
    You think that's air you're breathing now?

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    Re: Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    Quote Originally Posted by andrew.46 View Post
    Hmmmm.... has anybody mentioned Audacious yet? It looks good and runs nicely with not much ram-grabbing. Not sure of the exact figures...
    about 24MiB avg. here
    (pidstat is pretty accurate, in sysstat package

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    Re: Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    What commandline are you using for pidstat?
    You think that's air you're breathing now?

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    Re: Audio player that doesn't hog up all the RAM

    Quote Originally Posted by andrew.46 View Post
    What commandline are you using for pidstat?
    Code:
    pidstat -r -p 2666 2 25  >> aud_mem.log
    Where blue is process id, 2 = secs between reports, 25 = number of reports (time & number as suitable
    (mpstat is also an interesting tool

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