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= mem_inspect == About mem_inspect is ObjectSpace.each_object on crack. mem_inspect gives you the contents of each slot in Ruby's heap. mem_inspect also includes viewers that let you visualize the contents of Ruby's heap. == Installing mem_inspect First, install the gem: $ sudo gem install mem_inspect Then you need to build a patched ruby: ruby_mem_inspect_build Optionally, you can install the patch ruby binary. It will be named "ruby_mem_inspect". == Using mem_inspect === Dumping a PNG To get a PNG of memory use: mem_inspect_ruby_1_8/ruby_mem_inspect -S ruby_mem_dump To get a PNG of memory use in your application: require 'mem_inspect' require 'mem_inspect/png_viewer' And when you want to dump a PNG: MemInspect::PNGViewer.new(1024, 768).draw == Dumping via AquaTerm First you'll need to install RubyCocoa. You can find instructions for that here: http://rubycocoa.sourceforge.net/doc/getting.en.html http://rubycocoa.sourceforge.net/doc/build.en.html Then you'll need to download AquaTerm: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=39915 Once you have all that installed you can dump to an AquaTerm plot: require 'mem_inspect' require 'mem_inspect/aquaterm_viewer' And when you want a plot: MemInspect::AquatermViewer.new(1024, 768).draw