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Old 06-16-2004, 09:04 PM   #1
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checking memory usage from command line

Is there a command to check how much physical memory you're using, without a GUI?

I need to compare how much memory the X "failsafe terminal" uses, compared to X with KDE.
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You would use the command "free".

To see your memory useage in MBs:

free -m
Old 06-16-2004, 10:24 PM   #3
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there a re a few switches. man free will tell you more


will tell you what processes are running as well


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