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    Safari 5.1.2 out now, fixes memory leaks, stability


    Apple has released version 5.1.2 of Safari, now available in a Software Update near you. The new version, according to the notes, increases stability, fixes a few issues that could cause hangs and memory leaks, and fixes an issue that would allow web page to flash to white. No more more freaky strobes when loading up a new URL, hopefully.

    The patch also allows web pages to show PDF content right inline with the rest of their web material, which is a nice option for programmers who need to show content that way. In fact, we'll just say we're looking at you, restaurants -- can't you just pay someone to translate that menu into CSS and HTML instead of making us read the PDF directly. Sheesh. Safari 5.1.2 is a 40.2 MB update, and does require a restart. Grab it at your leisure.

    Safari 5.1.2 out now, fixes memory leaks, stability originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.




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    Looks like the memory leak has been fixed this time for real. We'll see how well it holds up after several hours....

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    I'm really excited about this. That memory leak was really getting out of hand.
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    What exactly was fixing the memory leak suppose to do? I still am using an obscene amount of ram for safari, even though I only have 2 pages open. Safari Web Content alone uses up almost 500mbs.
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    What's a memory leak? I notice my safari is really slow sometimes, is that more of an internet connection issue?

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    Van, have your tried SunSPider yet and does it still loose it's way? If not, I guess they fixed it. Trying it now.

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    I don't know about anybody else, but I haven't used Safari since I jumped ship to Chrome. It's just one of the things about Chrome that I like - themes and bookmark syncing across computers.

    But I am glad to know that Safari 5's memory leak has been fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Van, have your tried SunSPider yet and does it still loose it's way? If not, I guess they fixed it. Trying it now.
    Haven't tried it yet - I have a few things on the go that I can't afford to restart the Mac. I'll give it a try later when I have a spare moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    Haven't tried it yet - I have a few things on the go that I can't afford to restart the Mac. I'll give it a try later when I have a spare moment.
    Well I tried it right after I posted. It's not fixed here. 1.6GB for that Web process after SunSpider and the test gets slower and slower as it goes just like before the new fix but the score is amazing.

    I have not manually released the RAM hoping it would drop back down, but no, it's still at 1.6GB after over an hour!

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    It would seem then that Safari is still unable to both release memory and contain its usage.

    I just tried the test here in the most recent Opera 12 build. At the start, it was using 346.7 MB of RAM and upon completion, it had actually dropped to 331.7 MB. I'll have to find another good test for this...perhaps Peacekeeper.
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    No joy on memory here. Bummer. I will continue to use Firefox for now.
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    Safari Still Leaking Memory?
    The update said it had fixed this issue but my Activity Monitor shows 214MB being used by Safari and 562MB being used by Safari Web Content. Isn't this excessive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syze View Post
    The update said it had fixed this issue but my Activity Monitor shows 214MB being used by Safari and 562MB being used by Safari Web Content. Isn't this excessive?
    It may or may not be depending on a few factors including (but not limited to) what content you've viewed and how long you've had it open.
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