Image Import Question

I have roughly 300k images that I uploaded to the image folder, but when I start loading the image import file (already saved on the server) My system eventually runs out of memory and crashes, never completing the image import.

Is there a way to have the process run as a background, without having to keep the web browser open, while the import is taking place?

No, but you could increase your standard memory size by looking in config.local.php and finding an entry that looks like ini_set(“max_memory”, “48M”) and change it from 48M to 128M or other appropriate value.