I often run into the situation where the OS will suspend some of my apps because of low memory. If I am lucky, a window will appear that allows me to select which apps I want to quit and which apps I want to resume, which works reliably and is fine. However, often that window does not appear. This is usually the case when my machine (mid-2015 MBP 15", 16GB RAM, OS X 10.11.2) has just woken from sleep. In that case, the only symptom is that I have a bunch of unresponsive apps that show as
(Not responding) in Activity Monitor.
I have tried to resume processes by sending the
CONT signal (either via Activity Monitor or via the Terminal) and for a small number of apps this works, but for the majority of apps it does not. For example, when this happened to me just now, I force quitted Preview (which was the chief memory hog) and tried to resume the other apps with
CONT. This worked fine for Clear, but not for anything else. In some cases, such as Emacs, it had no effect - process still shows as
(Not responding). In other cases, such as Bibdesk, it leaves the app in a strange unusable state where the main window refuses to appear on screen and the menus don't work.
So how can I force that process management window to appear, or otherwise do whatever magic it is doing to "resume" apps?