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Old 07-20-2006, 06:54 AM   #1
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RAM becomes full

Just wanted to ask- is it normal that free command shows that my RAM is always almost full (3-4 MBs left) and is using some small amount of swap. Does it affect systemš performance? Or maybe i have some proccess that uses all this ram? Cause it becomes full only in some 3-4 hours. No performance lowering. Just wondering is it normal or not?
Old 07-20-2006, 07:11 AM   #2
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Depending on the amount of RAM you have it's quite common that it fills up. Only on machines with very large amounts of RAM (> 1 GB) the kernel has enough space not to need the swap area. Using the swap on your harddrive does affect performance, but not significantly. Dunno what RAM you have, but it might be a good idea to add another bank Use the ps and top commands to find resource-hungry processes.
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I have 1 GB of RAM. Thanx for reply Now i got it. Sorry for dumb question.
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Yes. I read it already. Thanx
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If you want more usage of your swap space you can change the most-creatively-named parameter called... swappiness. (/proc/sys/vm/swappiness)


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