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I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 04, 2011 11:03AM
It's a process whereby Lion asks a running app if it's OK to instantly kill it in order to free up resources for something else, which I interpret to essentially mean "make available RAM and/or CPU." If the app gives the OK, the app quits without your knowledge. Details here and elsewhere: [arstechnica.com]

In my case it was Numbers. I had been working on a simple spreadsheet, did some other stuff and when I switched back to Numbers and it was "gone," not running. I'd not explicitly saved my document, ever.

This isn't the equivalent of a crash and the document wasn't lost because it was auto-saved and auto-resumed eventually. Which is a "good" thing since it wasn't available in the Open Recent menu when I re-launched Numbers. Small panic until the doc's window appeared by itself.

All of this works, and frankly, iPhone users are used to something very similar.

What's most interesting to me is that my Mac seems to be keeping itself running better than it would if I always left everything open and running---which I have a history of doing until the thing's about to implode and become a beach ball-spinning paperweight---at the cost of having to manually re-launch an app occasionally I didn't quit. I'll take that deal.
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Re: I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: August 04, 2011 11:07AM
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deckeda
What's most interesting to me is that my Mac seems to be keeping itself running better than it would if I always left everything open and running---which I have a history of doing until the thing's about to implode and become a beach ball-spinning paperweight---at the cost of having to manually re-launch an app occasionally I didn't quit. I'll take that deal.

And the cherry on top is that if you end up stuck with that beach ball-spinning paperweight in Lion, the OS supposedly catches on and automatically restarts the machine! I'm still waiting for an eyewitness account of this phenomenon, however.



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Re: I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: August 04, 2011 11:08AM
How much RAM is in your computer, Deckeda?



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Re: I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 04, 2011 11:34AM
4GB installed but this is one of those GMA950 Macs (a 1.86GHz mini) that only can use 3.3GB.

Then again, Activity Monitor pie chart claims 3.0 GB.
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Re: I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: August 04, 2011 11:38AM





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Re: I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 04, 2011 11:46AM
yeah, its pretty cool stuff. i'm glad someone at apple is thinking about such basic things.





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Re: I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 04, 2011 11:50AM
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mattkime
yeah, its pretty cool stuff. i'm glad someone at apple is thinking about such basic things.

is it cool or basic?
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Re: I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: August 04, 2011 12:01PM
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space-time
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mattkime
yeah, its pretty cool stuff. i'm glad someone at apple is thinking about such basic things.

is it cool or basic?

I think one of the principles of good design is that it's both.



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Re: I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 04, 2011 12:15PM
Switcher, MultiFinder, "preemptive multitasking." Flashing back twenty years ago, or so...

Auto-resumption w/ both a last saved, and then-in-use copies would be palatable, as well as a user designated order in which the big cat would munch the open apps when he got hungry... perhaps a dock based pop up list based on a user pre-configured order, that is also dragable to reflect current session desires.

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Re: I just saw my first instance of Lion's Automatic Termination
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 04, 2011 01:07PM
.....did it reach TERMINAL velocity.....??



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