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Help, please.
What is this monstrous 'kernel_task' thingy that is taking up 512 GB of my disk on the Activity Monitor? I read somewhere about my Mac Air heating up, hearing the motor, etc. Actually, I'm hearing anything of late. This can't be normal, can it?
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Help, please.
What is this monstrous 'kernel_task' thingy that is taking up 512 GB of my disk on the Activity Monitor? I read somewhere about my Mac Air heating up, hearing the motor, etc. Actually, I'm hearing anything of late. This can't be normal, can it?
Thanks.
/Michael.
Not sure, on my iMac there is a kernel_task sing around 112 gigs.
 

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Help, please.
What is this monstrous 'kernel_task' thingy that is taking up 512 GB of my disk on the Activity Monitor? I read somewhere about my Mac Air heating up, hearing the motor, etc. Actually, I'm hearing anything of late. This can't be normal, can it?
Thanks.
/Michael.
IIRC, compressed memory and swapped memory will show up under the kernel_task process.

So something is likely eating memory on your system!
 

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Help, please.
What is this monstrous 'kernel_task' thingy that is taking up 512 GB of my disk on the Activity Monitor? I read somewhere about my Mac Air heating up, hearing the motor, etc. Actually, I'm hearing anything of late. This can't be normal, can it?
Thanks.
/Michael.


A google search would probably be a very good place to start to find out more information about it: ie:

what is mac kernel_task
https://www.google.com/search?q=wha...rome.0.0l2.12479j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

FWIW: kernel_task memory is using 1.08GB memory according to Activity Monitor running Mavericks 10.9.5 on my 2011iMac. I have 20 GB RAM installed.



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Well, I'll be ska-runched. The ol' Google Machine suggested a simple restart. C'mon, man. Really? Really. I restarted. The monitor now showing that the 'kernel_task' thingy is at 244 MB. Maybe I misquoted at first, likely 513 MB, not GB? Thanks for the replies. /M.
 

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Well, I'll be ska-runched. The ol' Google Machine suggested a simple restart. C'mon, man. Really? Really. I restarted. The monitor now showing that the 'kernel_task' thingy is at 244 MB. Maybe I misquoted at first, likely 513 MB, not GB? Thanks for the replies. /M.

Don't be too surprised if it grows in the amount used, that would be quite normal.

But yes a reboot is often a good fix for many things, and a full shutdown and cold boot is even better, and even occasionally using a Safe Boot Mode, login and then just Restart normally if you like.

It's amazing the amount of unused crap it can cleanout from your drive and memory storage areas.



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Thankful for the replies, I'm going to be more vigilant going forward. /M.
 

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Thankful for the replies, I'm going to be more vigilant going forward. /M.
(no longer an iPhone user .. )
@mgmitchell

OT, but I was just curious about your connotation that you no longer use an iphone...

Is that to declare that it is something that you are proud of or what???



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@mgmitchell

OT, but I was just curious about your connotation that you no longer use an iphone...

Is that to declare that it is something that you are proud of or what???



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Good point. Think I was young and foolish at the time of joining the forum and figured I should be transparent. Silly. I'll remove it. /M.
 

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Good point. Think I was young and foolish at the time of joining the forum and figured I should be transparent. Silly. I'll remove it. /M.

No need to remove it, I was just curious about your statement.

I just finished resurrecting my wife's old iPhone 4 for my minimal cell phone use when I received notice that my old Samsung flip-phone GSM 2 technology would no longer be supported after December 31st, 2020.

It works well for my minimal use, and my 7-eleven Speak Out account cost me about $25- $50 per year prepaid to top up and keep active.

I can afford that and it's very handy for any emergency use when out in the car etc.



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