Topic: I think I may have found a memory leak in the C8's Control Panel
I recently noticed that my World Weather Online widget progressively loads slower as the hours march on. Immediately after booting the C8, the widget normally takes about 0.5 seconds to load. After it has been cycling with a clock widget (Sky Happenings) for about 10 hours, it takes about 2 seconds to load. I don't think my widget used to do this before the Chumby service went offline.
The other thing I'm noticing is that the CP starts off using about 55% memory (according to "top"). After the 10 hours, this has jacked up to about 120%. This doesn't seem right, given that only these two widgets have been running the whole time. In case you're interested, the same thing happens on Zurkware (with CP v5.0.35). I didn't run the next test on that platform as I couldn't be bothered messing around with its configuration files.
Just to make sure that my widget isn't causing the memory leak, I rebooted the C8 and ran two simple clock widgets (Built-In Clock and Futura Clock) by themselves for another 10 hours. After that time, I noticed that the CP's memory usage was again up to about 120% (from 55% initially). When I then switched to a channel containing my WWO widget, I noticed that it was taking about 2 seconds to load (instead of the ideal 0.5).
What's your opinion about all of this? Am I missing something, or do you agree that there could be a memory leak in the C8's CP? If so, perhaps this is what's been causing it to crash and wake other people up in the middle of the night (i.e. due to the bright lights). I'm guessing the CP eventually chews up all of the available memory and then crashes/burns. Let me know if you'd like me to run any further testing in relation to this problem.