This next geeklet is quite similar to the Top CPU Processes geeklet I last shared. It finds the apps and processes with the biggest memory footprint on your system and lists the top 10. The output looks like:
Top RAM processes WebProcess 926.62M Mail 360.05M Safari 211.48M iTunes 206.38M Finder 180.80M Skype 143.15M WindowServer 137.12M LaunchBar 135.71M mds 118.14M Reeder 117.47M
It includes system-level processes, too, so you can see if something other than your running apps is taking up RAM. Keep in mind that RAM is meant to be used, and having it filled up only starts to slow down your system when it has to page it out constantly. That being said, if your system is slowing down, this overview can give you a quick idea what’s happening.
Here’s the full code. Copy and paste it into a file called memmeter.rb, save it and run
chmod a+x /path/to/memmeter.rb. Then set up your shell geeklet to run
/path/to/memmeter.rb and you should be good to go.
Just like the Top CPU Processes script, you can call it with
memmeter.rb -t "Title to display", or just
-t to display no title. If no parameters are given, it will display “Top RAM Processes.”
Next up, either a good system status overview script or some network status geeklets. Whichever my geek muse picks first, I suppose.