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Activity Monitor

Why is the Wi-Fi process taking so much memory?

EDIT: Apologies, I should have clarified my question. I'm a web developer that spends most of his time developing apps locally. Not interacting with third party apis or database interactions. Possibly it might be my app bundler Webpack serving updated changes constantly to my local server?

Specs

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
  • 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5
  • 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
  • Mojave 10.14.2
cwd
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/System/Library/CoreServices/WiFiAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/WiFiAgent
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/Library/Preferences/Logging/.plist-cache.ptlzg4rP
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/private/var/db/timezone/tz/2018g.1.0/icutz/icutz44l.dat
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/System/Library/Caches/com.apple.IntlDataCache.le.kbdx
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/usr/share/icu/icudt62l.dat
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/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemAppearance.bundle/Contents/Resources/SystemAppearance.car
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/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemAppearance.bundle/Contents/Resources/VibrantLightAppearance.car
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/System/Library/Keyboard Layouts/AppleKeyboardLayouts.bundle/Contents/Resources/AppleKeyboardLayouts-L.dat
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/Library/MessageTracer/SubmitDiagInfo.default.domains.searchtree
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/private/var/db/mds/messages/502/se_SecurityMessages
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/System/Library/Frameworks/SecurityInterface.framework/Versions/A/Resources/CertLargeStd@2x.png
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/System/Library/Frameworks/SecurityInterface.framework/Versions/A/Resources/CertLargeStd.png
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/System/Library/Fonts/SFNSText.ttf
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/System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/Resources/Assets.car
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/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreWLANKit.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Assets.car
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/usr/lib/libobjc-trampolines.dylib
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/System/Library/Frameworks/SecurityInterface.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Assets.car
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/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemAppearance.bundle/Contents/Resources/DarkAquaAppearance.car
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/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemAppearance.bundle/Contents/Resources/DarkAppearance.car
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/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemAppearance.bundle/Contents/Resources/Assets.car
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/private/var/folders/d5/y540nrk96fnckhlwyy_9yxsw0000gp/C/com.apple.wifi.WiFiAgent/com.apple.metal/Intel Iris Graphics/functions.data
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/private/var/folders/d5/y540nrk96fnckhlwyy_9yxsw0000gp/C/com.apple.wifi.WiFiAgent/com.apple.metal/3902/libraries.data
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/usr/lib/dyld
0
/dev/null
1
/dev/null
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/dev/null
3
/dev/io8log
4
/dev/io8logtemp
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*:*
6
/Library/MessageTracer/SubmitDiagInfo.default.domains.searchtree
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->0x65d3d29751cfa425
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/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreImage.framework/Versions/A/Resources/ci_stdlib.metallib
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/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreImage.framework/Versions/A/Resources/ci_filters.metallib
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/private/var/folders/d5/y540nrk96fnckhlwyy_9yxsw0000gp/C/com.apple.wifi.WiFiAgent/com.apple.metal/3902/libraries.maps
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/private/var/folders/d5/y540nrk96fnckhlwyy_9yxsw0000gp/C/com.apple.wifi.WiFiAgent/com.apple.metal/3902/libraries.data
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/private/var/folders/d5/y540nrk96fnckhlwyy_9yxsw0000gp/C/com.apple.wifi.WiFiAgent/com.apple.metal/Intel Iris Graphics/functions.maps
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/private/var/folders/d5/y540nrk96fnckhlwyy_9yxsw0000gp/C/com.apple.wifi.WiFiAgent/com.apple.metal/Intel Iris Graphics/functions.data

Since I develop, I would prefer to have more memory for simulators, compilers and running dev infrastructure and tools. How can I diagnose why memory is being allocated for wireless networking?

  • Is there a question? – Allan Jan 21 at 22:52
  • Firstly, welcome to Ask Different! :) I hope you come to find this site has a lot to offer! In case you haven't already, it's worth taking the time to read the tour. Also, can you clarify what you're actually asking us? At present your post is really only a statement. – Monomeeth Jan 21 at 22:53
  • i assume his uestion is why is WIFY using over 2 GB. – jmh Jan 22 at 0:38
  • @jmh That's certainly one guess. Or it could be how to reduce the amount of RAM it's using. Or whether this is normal. Jaysonder, one thing that does stand out to me is the number of ports listed against Wi-Fi. 1,138 makes me wonder what your machine is doing over Wi-Fi, so that may help you get to the bottom of this. Understanding how your Mac is used over Wi-Fi will help inform whether its RAM usage makes sense, and how to reduce it. Either way, it'd be great if you could edit your question to clarify. – Monomeeth Jan 22 at 2:23
  • @Monomeeth Its not my question. i was just commenting. – jmh Jan 22 at 3:17

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