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Old 07-31-2006, 05:06 AM   #1
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Is this normal?

That seems like it's using an awful lot of memory, and no swap space at all.
Old 07-31-2006, 05:25 AM   #2
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RAM is much faster than a HDD, why would you want to swap instead of using real memory??
Old 07-31-2006, 05:27 AM   #3
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Why do you want it to use swap? Swap is super slow, avoid it at all costs. The kernel is smart with memory management, it doesn't free memory once you're done with an app, it keeps it in a cache so next time you use that app it's all there in memory waiting for you to go. If something else needs it then it'll make that remove the cache and make the memory available to other apps so in reality, linux is very good at looking after your RAM and in your case, 1009MB used - 621MB in cache = 388MB used really.

At the moment I'm running X, fvwm, firefox, gaim, gmpc and a few ncurses apps and I'm using 196MB so running KDE thats probably not too bad.
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Its normal and to understand more about how Linux manages your memory take a look here.
Old 07-31-2006, 11:39 AM   #5
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Alright. thanks guys. i was worried a bit


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