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Old 12-01-2004, 04:30 PM   #1
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using lots of memory

I use gentoo kernel 2.4...
I have 768MB of memory and am using about 95% of it and the only applications i have open are xchat, openoffice, and gaim. there's about 60 processes running, looks like x server and openoffice are taking the majority of the memory. are there any diagnostics i could do to discover why there's so much memory being used? i recently built a new computer that runs almost identical process but used the 2.6 kernel and it uses only ~270MB of memory with 512MB being the total i have on that one.

as you may notice i'm no expert on how memory works. so any advice or info is appreciated.
Old 12-01-2004, 04:37 PM   #2
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If you want to see what is using it then run "top" and press M to sort by memory usage.

Linux tends to use a lot of memory constantly, what's the point of having it if you don't use it!


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