MacVIM spontaneously quits when disk fills up and memory is under pressure

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James Dowdell

Jun 25, 2020, 5:24:56 PM6/25/20
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Hi Everybody!

About once a month, based on my usage pattern, my disk will spontaneously fill up, and about that time virtual memory will start to struggle.  I get a force quit popup asking me to free up memory, similar to (  Most applications are not effected if you respond in a few minutes, but MacVIM is the canary in the gold mine for some reason - not always, but generally, it will be the first app to die (or be killed, I can't tell), and will die almost immediately after such a force quit popup appears, and I'll lose whatever was open.  Of course usually the swp files remain (unless the disk had filled up some time ago and I didn't see...), but it's a huge pain if I have 10 or 20 vim instances open to remember which files were open and go recover all the sessions.  

If other applications also died as quickly I'd assume it's just the repercussions of the system running out of disk/ram, but none of several other applications I tend to run is so eager to die in these circumstances as MacVIM is.  At the first hint of trouble it will just disappear from the dock, and all running processes are suddenly gone with no warning.

I was thinking of opening a github issue, but wanted to ask here if there was a simple config file I could change - or even a basic error log somewhere I can check - to get a better handle on this behavior?

"Custom Version 8.1.2234 (161)"
MacOS 10.13.6

Yee Cheng Chin

Jul 6, 2020, 3:02:29 AM7/6/20
Hmm, I don't have a good reason as to why. I think filing a Github issue is probably a good idea to consolidate discussions. You could probably want to get the crash logs as well ( to help diagnose the issue.

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