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I'm using the following commands to flush cache:

# sync; echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
# sync; echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
# sync; echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches

When I use one of the above commands, I get the following:

-bash: /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches: Permission denied

My system running CentOS 6.5, I logged in as root via SSH.

Any suggestions?

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I'm not sure why are you're running the 3 commands, when the first one is all you need:

$ sync; echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches

This will do the following 3 things: free pagecache, dentries and inodes. Using 1 only frees the pagecache while 2 frees the dentries + inodes.

You're probably experiencing some weird timing issue where:

  1. You're doing this operation too quickly
  2. There is nothing to empty since you just previously ran the command
  3. Your previous command hasn't had a chance to complete or be processed


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