[webkit-dev] Tools/Scripts/build-webkit --gtk --debug --makeargs="-j1" taking up to 80% of memory

sachin nikam sknikam at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 22:18:45 PST 2012

i am running ubuntu 11.10 64 bit. I was able to eventually build with
I will try increase the swap space and see if it helps.

On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 3:55 AM, John Yani <vanuan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-12-26 at 21:45 -0800, sachin nikam wrote:
>> I synced up the latest webkit code base and am trying to build webkit
>> gtk on ubuntu 11.10 with 4gb of RAM and 4 CPUs
>> I tried with --makeargs="-j2" but still got "ld process terminated
>> signal[9]" error ?which indicates that it ran out of memory.
>> I suspect i will still the get the same error with --makeargs="-j1".
>> Is there any other flag where we can restrict the memory usage?
>> Regards
>> Sachin
> I had the same problem after I've upgraded my PC to 12 GB of RAM.
> Before upgrade I was able to build 32 bit webkit on my 4 GB computer
> with Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit with PAE and 8 GB of swap.
> So what I recommend is to remove 1 GB of memory (or load something
> heavy to take that 1GB of RAM) and add more swap.
> Physical address extension doesn't allow any process to take more than
> [specific amount] of physical RAM, so swap  must be used. In your case
> it seems like swap is never used, so the system fails to address
> additional physical memory you have.
> But I highly recommend upgrading your computer to minimum of 8 GB of
> RAM and install 64 bit Ubuntu. If you really need 32-bit build,
> cross-compiling might be an option.
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