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.
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 release has a slightly higher build number than the GM I had installed)
- Upgraded OS X Server from a 2.x Beta to 3.0 GM
To see what exact process was eating up my memory I recycled the Mini, opened up Activity Monitor and let it just