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Old 09-02-2011, 02:19 AM   #1
kdelover
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Question about top


Free command shows the following output for swap.

Code:
Swap:         7820        518       7302
Used is 518 Megs.

If i do a top and sort the list by swap usage i see something like this:

Code:
3.8   1:28.33 407m java
7.0  24:10.62 360m firefox-bin
0.0   0:00.08 267m evolution-data-
0  0.0   0:00.07 265m evolution-data-
0  0.0   0:00.06 265m evolution-data-
0  0.0   0:00.05 263m evolution-data-
0  0.0   0:00.06 262m evolution-data-
0  0.0   0:00.06 261m evolution-data-

..so on..
so what exactly is this 407m 360m,265 m e.t.c ? And what is the m over here?is it megabytes or megabits? The man page of top says:
Code:
 
SWAP  --  Swapped size (kb)
          The swapped out portion of a task's total virtual memory image.
Basically i want to know what are the pages and what process do they belong to ,which are being swapped out.

Thanks !
 
Old 09-02-2011, 02:41 AM   #2
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Greetingz!

First rule: 'top' lies. Anything having to do with RAM, Swap, threads, CPU usage, etc is an aggregate of all parent-child processes.

This is further exacerbated by the fact that a system doesn't exacty differentiate between real RAM and disk-based "swap". Systems only care about "memory" (which is what both RAM and swap are...just memory).

Example:
I'm not using any swap...according to 'free -m'
Code:
luser@server(Linux)$ free -m|egrep "tot|Swa"
        total  used   free
Swap:    4095     0   4095
luser@server(Linux)$
But top lies. It lies so bad that it lies to us *twice*.
Once in the swap usage it states right under "mem", and again when we tell it to list swap usage (see red text);

Code:
top - 23:37:04 up 65 days, 17:29,  3 users,  load average: 0.02, 0.02, 0.01
Tasks: 186 total,   1 running, 181 sleeping,   0 stopped,   4 zombie
Cpu(s):  0.3%us,  0.6%sy,  0.0%ni, 99.0%id,  0.1%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
Mem:   8174592k total,  4357676k used,  3816916k free,   370596k buffers
Swap:  4194296k total,      412k used,  4193884k free,  3578100k cached

  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  SWAP COMMAND                        
 3868 nscd      15   0  307m 2848 1620 S  0.0  0.0   1154:47 304m nscd                            
 7278 sdmigr    15   0  234m 7260 2844 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.27 227m httpd                           
 7270 sdmigr    15   0  234m 7316 2868 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.24 227m httpd                           
 7272 sdmigr    15   0  234m 7316 2876 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.17 227m httpd                           
 7276 sdmigr    15   0  234m 7328 2848 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.34 227m httpd                           
 7268 sdmigr    15   0  234m 7332 2884 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.25 227m httpd                           
 7263 sdmigr    15   0  234m 7356 2836 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.25 227m httpd                           
 7266 sdmigr    15   0  234m 7372 2864 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.21 227m httpd                           
 7264 sdmigr    15   0  234m 7380 2884 S  0.0  0.1   0:00.37 227m httpd                           
15416 root      15   0  233m 9.9m 5924 S  0.0  0.1   0:01.81 223m httpd                           
21754 mysql     18   0  185m  24m 4888 S  0.0  0.3   0:23.86 161m mysqld
 
Old 09-02-2011, 02:49 AM   #3
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For me the swap usage in top and free is pretty much the same,i do not see a huge difference though.But back to my question what is m under the swap column of top ?megabits or megabytes? currently,my swap used is 279 MB & in top i see around atleast a dozen of processes with swap values as 100m,150m,519m e.t.c ..if i total this up,that would be more than 279 MB.

Last edited by kdelover; 09-02-2011 at 02:51 AM.
 
Old 09-02-2011, 02:59 AM   #4
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From top output, i think you refer VIRT, VIRT = SWAP + RES. it means swap + physical memory used by task
To refer memory paging,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paging
 
  


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