OS X Mavericks bug: Your system has run out of application memory

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A bug in OS X 10.9 Mavericks causes the operating system to become unresponsive. In many cases, an error dialog appears claiming that your system has run out of application memory.

A few days ago I noticed that my Mac Mini locked up and became unresponsive. So I power-cycled it but didn’t want to spend a lot of time investigating what the problem was. Today it froze again, and fortunately, I had an Apple Remote Desktop session open at the time.

OS X Mavericks bug: Your system has run out of application memory
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Culprit: OS X Server

To my surprise, OS X claimed that it ran out of application memory. My Mac Mini has 16GB of memory and there aren’t any resource hungry tasks running on the Mini. I thought about what changes I had made to the Mini in the past couple of days and came up with two potential culprits:

  • Re-installed OS X 10.9 (since the official r