[OS X TeX] New iMac

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Thu Dec 3 21:06:28 CET 2009

On Dec 3, 2009, at 09:59 , Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On Dec 2, 2009, at 6:02 PM, Justin C. Walker wrote:
>> If you are willing to use Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities),  
>> run 'top'.
>> This will fill your screen with lots of data, and the data you want  
>> is on line 6.  It looks something like this:
> Thanks for this information. No fear of Terminal and know about top  
> but just forgot that line and its meaning.
> On first run hundreds of pageouts but no pageouts on second run  
> compiling a large document. I guess that means I don't run all that  
> much at once very often so I have lots of free memory and should not  
> expect much speed gain by going from 2GB to 4GB RAM. Saves me  
> money! :-)

It occurs to me to mention a couple of other 'top' options:
  -l #: will run in "log" mode (no dynamic updating), for # samples
        so you can save the results to a file for later browsing
  -d: shows details of disk activity (in particular, reads, writes,
      pageins, pageouts, context switches).  With these two, you
      can get a pretty good feel for what your program is doing
      with system resources.


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