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Old 06-18-2003, 11:33 AM   #1
kb8doa
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Question linux memory management


on 3 different Linux PCs:
when running "top"

I am noticing that my "free" memory trickles away.

I have tried analyzing the processes and their used memory,
but don't seem to see the memory going anywhere specific.

I have run accross postings stating that simply, this is the way linux manages memory.

Call me a newbie,
but I don't seem to get it...

Can anyone explain why this happens.

 
Old 06-18-2003, 11:36 AM   #2
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because you paid for all that memory, so you might as well use it... the kernel keeps old data cached in memory incase it is needed again, but the space will always be reclaimed if it is required for new data
 
  


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