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Old 05-13-2004, 07:35 AM   #1
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checking amount of free memory

how can i find the amount of free memory in my linux system.
is there any command for that.
Old 05-13-2004, 07:48 AM   #2
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The "top" command provides a constantly-updating view of CPU & memory utilitzation.
Old 05-13-2004, 10:15 AM   #3
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Just a comment, when you check the amount of free memory you will notice that most of your RAM is being taken up, Linux seems reserve a large percntage of memory while its running, a good way to see how well your system is running is by how much swap you're using. Also you can add an applet to your panel that shows your current memory usage and also processor, network, etc.

right click panel > add to panel > utility > system monitor

then right click the system monitor to chose options.
Old 05-13-2004, 10:20 AM   #4
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The "free" utility also provides a command line summary, type "free" on the command line.

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Old 05-13-2004, 11:02 AM   #5
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to expound on the free command a bit, the following is a sample. the following shows that the machine has a total of 384M of RAM of which 177M is available (shown on the line that says "+/- buffers/cache" in column "free" (177388). that amount is what's free after adding back what's been used for cache (which is given back on demand). i have swap turned off which is why that line shows all zeros.

             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:        384584     368740      15844          0      25584     135960
-/+ buffers/cache:     207196     177388
Swap:            0          0          0
Old 05-13-2004, 11:03 AM   #6
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if you are looking at getting running totals all the time.... the gnome system monitor is good, but gkrellm has a few more features.
Old 05-13-2004, 11:11 AM   #7
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cat /proc/meminfo

for more detailed memory info.


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