MagiCal Bug Report

25 Votes

Magical uses more memory than the DOCK!

  • Type: Performance
  • Version Tested: 1.1r1 (Intel)
  • OS Version Affected: Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
  • Status: Open


I love Magical, but I loaded activity monitor and Magical and wow.... 17.8MB real memory. Almost as much as Safari. I think there is a problem with 1.1r1

Submitted by Christopher Bolin at 03:12am on 08 Apr 2008


Magcal uses over 125mb on my 2ghz macpro/5gb ram/10.4.11 -- this is not good

Posted at 4:10pm on 11 Apr 2008

I suspect that with that much RAM, Mac OS has chosen to allocate more to MagiCal for reasons of its own.

If the amount of RAM usage does not increase over time, and it isn't causing other programs to run slowly, I'd be inclined not to worry about it.

Posted by Nick at 7:49pm on 11 Apr 2008

reply to nick;

the RAM usage does increase over time - begins around 18mb. its been running a day or so and is currently using 109mb. I have to quit and reopen to keep the usage down.

Posted at 05:47am on 24 Apr 2008

Magical 1.1r1 (OS X 10.4.11) was using >280 MB of real memory as reported by Activity Monitor. Restarting it brought real memory usage down to

Posted at 12:31pm on 30 Apr 2008

Magical even on startup using 18MB? For a clock? I really love it but for no additional memory I can add my prefs for the date display to the menubar.

Please fix both the leak and the overall mem usage! Better yet, let the code go opensource!!

Posted at 5:49pm on 04 May 2008

It was taking 284 meg for me. MBP 2.4 GHz, 10.5.2

Posted by Eyegor at 3:26pm on 02 Jun 2008

I have noticed this problem too and stopped using MagiCal as a result. Memory usage would gradually increase to close to 200MB. There is a significant memory leak, at least in this version.

Posted by Colby at 12:02am on 17 Aug 2008

I think the memory leak has been around for a couple versions. It certainly is there now though!

Posted at 7:21pm on 22 Oct 2008

I've noticed this issue also, MagiCal is currently using 9.53MB real memory, and 262MB Virtual Memory on my OS X 10.4.11 laptop. Why so much virtual memory??

Posted by stuart at 5:08pm on 03 Nov 2008

This has been bugging me for a while, but it's hard to complain about a free program. The memory leak seems way out of control. (Well, I guess any leak is out of control by definition, but I digress.) Activity Monitor shows MagiCal using only 16.36 MB RSIZE or real memory, but an amazing 3.53 GB Virtual Memory! My machine has been up for 15 days 9 hours now, so not too terribly long since last reboot. (At least for me anyway.)

I'm running 10.5.5 on an aluminum iMac, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

Not sure this app will ever get updated ... but I can hope! It serves me very well, I love the drop-down menu, and the menu is styled very well. So ... please fix this leak?

Posted at 09:04am on 17 Nov 2008

On second look, I think there may be something to what Nick said. I just restarted the app, and it us using 19.2 MB RSIZE or real memory (odd that it is using more than before), but "only" 957.57 MB Virtual Memory.

So the OS does seem to have allocated a huge amount of VM to it, though it appears to grow hugely over time.

Two things to look into:
1> How to keep MagiCal from taking more VM over time.
2> How to keep the OS from initially allocate so much VM to it.

Thanks for checkin'.

Posted by Rees Maxwell at 09:10am on 17 Nov 2008

OS X 10.5.6
Magical 1.1r1

Started MagiCal Friday at 5pm.
Activity Monitor reports Magical using 18.75MB real memory
Turned off monitor and left for the weekend.
No activity all weekend.
Returned Monday morning, turned on monitor.
Activity Monitor reports MagiCal using 185MB real memory

Tell me that\'s not a problem.

Posted at 1:48pm on 23 Feb 2009

OSX 10.5.6
Magical 1.1r1

Same issue for me too, uptime on my macbook pro is 4 days magical using 152mb real memory, 1.05 gb Virtual :(

Posted at 05:47am on 20 Apr 2009


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