I am experiencing a problem where htop (top too) is incorrectly reporting the memory consumption of a process, in this case the vmware-tools service (highlighted below). I am colorblind and thought I might be mistaking used memory for cache, so I had someone else confirm it. In the screenshot it was only at 2529 MB, but it will continue to grow until all memory is consumed and the system becomes unstable. I tried re-installing vmware-tools but the issue persisted. It doesn't seem to be happening on any other VM. I have 2 questions: why is the memory consumption for vmtoolsd only listed at 0.1% when it is obviously much more than that, and how do I correct the problem?
I received an error message saying that new users can't post images, so I will link to them instead:
Before restarting vmware-tools:
After restarting vmware-tools: