Re: Huge memory consumption of GIF.exe

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg97134] Re: Huge memory consumption of GIF.exe*From*: Albert Retey <awnl at gmx-topmail.de>*Date*: Fri, 6 Mar 2009 04:24:20 -0500 (EST)*References*: <golqv7$qb4$1@smc.vnet.net> <goo7ej$sbe$1@smc.vnet.net>

Hi, > > what is GIF.exe? there are some "Converters" in a directory called just that within the mathematica installation. Presumably they are used for import/export. On my system after an export, there is no GIF.exe running anymore, but it could well be that these are kept during evaluation and accumulate memory within a loop. I think it would need Wolfram Research to correct that or even comment on what exactly happens. If your need is urgent and you want do dive deep into the internals, could try to find out whether these converters are connected via mathlink and whether you can find out which link object corresponds to the GIF.exe. Then you could try what happens if you LinkClose or UnInstall the corresponding link/libs. If you are lucky the next Export starts a new one without the accumulated memory. It could just as well make Mathematica crash... > Anyway, it seems to be an external program that has nothing to do with > mathematica. I think this is not true, there is a binary GIF.exe coming with Mathematica that most probably is called for import/exports... hth, albert