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Old 09-01-2016, 12:04 PM   #1
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MemFree depleted in /proc/meminfo when writing to flash memory


I have a problem where I am writing a 14 MB file into the flash memory. This will be a partition on the ext4 filesystem. However, when I do this, I see that MemFree in /proc/meminfo is decreasing by ~28MB. Could you please let me know why writing into flash reduces memory in RAM? What interactions do flash and RAM have here? I expected none.

If I delete the file, I regain "most" of the memory back. Why does this happen?

One more info that I need here. The "Active:" in /proc/meminfo increases with the write file action, and does not clear up with the file delete. It is "held up". Could you please let me know why does this happen?

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What kind of flash memory is it? If it's acting like a 'disk' then what's probably happening is that the file gets written into memory first before the fsync happens.


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