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I have a lot of memory available on my computer and I was wondering if I can give my Eclipse - which I use heavily - more memory.

How much is enough? Respectively how much brings any additional effect?

I am talking about editing the eclipse.ini file:


Should I simply double (quadruple) all the numbers? Or just the Xms and Xmx? I don't know what is what there.


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You can experiment with different values for -Xms and -Xmx start with -Xms1024m and -Xmx2048m and see if that helps.

Another thing you can try is different garbage collection strategies and a whole lot of other jvm settings. I suggest visiting this question over on Stack Overflow

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Doing a search on google provided lots of ways to do this.

How do i allocate more memory to eclipse
Tips and Tricks - Allocate more memory for eclipse

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Yes but all the info I found is from 2005-2007 and none of it deals with the upper limit. They just didn't have 8 gigs of RAM back in those days. – daniel.sedlacek Jun 17 '11 at 10:46

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