Memory usage


New Member
When running pfclient on my "Debian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)" the memory is building up slowly but surely.
the growth stops at ~7.5GB of the 8GB I have on my system.
sudo systemctl status pfclient

● pfclient.service - LSB: ads-b decoder
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/pfclient; generated)
   Active: active (running) since Tue 2021-05-18 06:33:27 CEST; 1 day 13h ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
  Process: 8793 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/pfclient start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
    Tasks: 8 (limit: 4915)
   Memory: 7.0G
   CGroup: /system.slice/pfclient.service
           └─8802 /usr/bin/qemu-arm-static /usr/bin/pfclient -d -i /var/run/ -z /etc/pfclient-config.json -y /var/log/pfclient $

Meaning when the system is running for a good day almost all memory is consumed
have done like remove - reinstall - update and upgrade - but no prevail.

Any hints and/or tips?


Lee Armstrong

Staff member

We've not had any other reports of this at all and put a lot of our internal setups through long term soak testing.

The only thing that stands out is that QEMU is launching our process. Is there a reason for this at all? It was not designed to be operated in this way at all!

If this is an x86/amd64 platform we have native builds available so you don't need to run emulation,




New Member
Lee thanks a lot for the reply, I have indeed installed emulation to run the native feeder.
Could you link me the native build so I can avoid this issue ?
thanks in Advance


New Member
Understood I took the wrong build to start with...
corrected now and let's see if the issue does not come back.
thanks for the wakeup call