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Old 03-27-2007, 03:54 PM   #1
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Question RAM utility to monitor and free memory

Is there a RAM utility to monitor and free memory for Linux, ( Ubuntu 6.06 and Open SUSE 10.2)? When I search for one, it looks like they are all for Windows only. thanks,
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You didn't look very hard; there are at least a dozen popular monitors (Gkrellm, Conky, Gdesklets, xosview, top, etc.). That's in addition to the monitors that come with both Gnome and KDE.

No monitor "frees" memory. The only way to do that is to terminate the processes using it.
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There are many, but the ones you probably want to check out first are Conky and GKrellM. That is assuming you wanted something graphical that runs all the time, which you probably do.
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Smile memory

Oh I see, thanks for all the help. By free the RAM I mean that when you open and close out some programs, after a while in XP my available RAM goes down, so I use a utility to release all available memory. So that may also be the case for Linux as well then, which will help my old pentium III, 500mhz, with only 384 MB of RAM.
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Read the article referenced above. Covers the general case - usually memory being "full" is not a problem in Linux; it's designed to work that way. However if you have a memory leak, the only way to "fix" this is to terminate the offending process as mentioned.
Firefox for example is a pig - on my small (256 Meg) system, I have gotten into the habit of closing it occasionally.

Search for "top" and "free" commands for a bit of background - and, of course, try the manpages.


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