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Old 09-25-2005, 02:09 PM   #16
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Originally posted by kaon
Can you show us what you have found on this topics?
I took a look at the Linux Documentation Project (at and did a search for "memory management". There about 10 pages of results, but I'll post a few of the more interesting ones below. I also think that digging around in archived kernel mailing lists would prove fairly interesting.
    A nice overview from tldp
    The always necessary wiki page :)
    A bit higher view of the topic, and not totally Linux related
As usual, just dig around on your own, that's what the internet is for
Old 09-25-2005, 02:45 PM   #17
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Originally posted by Furlinastis
hm sounds like 70 is a norm, but 45? what's your secret? I'm thinking it's because you're running 9.1
it's actually 10.1, ive never updated the distro thing in the profile. That is fluxbox without any gnome or kde apps running.. I jump up to 60-70 whenever a gnome app launchs. of course I have all the little services turned off. but its been so long since I disabled them I dont remeber what they were
Old 09-25-2005, 03:41 PM   #18
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me 76, 2 running, and 74 sleeping

Doslack@darkstar:~$ free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 500 443 57 0 24 282
-/+ buffers/cache: 135 364
Swap: 917 0 917

hemm??? why my swap is not being use?
Old 09-25-2005, 03:50 PM   #19
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swap is only used when its required. So once all your memory is being used and a program needs more then it will start swapping
Old 09-25-2005, 03:59 PM   #20
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slack 10.2 (laptop): 38 with fluxbox + gkrellm, powernowd, nfs daemons; 44 adding firefox; 46+ when adding terminals; 48 w/cupsd when i need to print, etc.
Old 09-26-2005, 02:01 AM   #21
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Using the free -m command my memory use is now starting to make some sense! Thanks

At the moment I've got 278mb used, however only 103mb not including buffers/cache used.

That explains why the gnome-system-monitor reports 103mb used and such a lower amount in general ( I used to think it was reporting falsely, it just wasn't including the cache).
Old 09-26-2005, 02:14 AM   #22
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For true free RAM reporting (among other things) I strongly recommend gkrellm. It doesn't lie like "top", and doesn't make you calculate each time like "free".
Old 09-26-2005, 03:53 AM   #23
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54 here (1 running), with fluxbox on Slack-current, with firefox, Eterm, aterm, torsmo and gkrellm.

Cheers, Leon.


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