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Random application crashes in Linux

Sometimes after booting my computer, some applications fail to start: they crash. They're usually the largest ones, such as firefox, thunderbird or virtualbox. Rebooting or cleaning the cache usually ...
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Memory management, bias to swapping

I was having 768 MB RAM. In a general day MySQL was using 100-180 mb of RAM and MySQL was swapping 80-120 mb. I was having 50-60 mb free RAM. So I thought I should upgrade. Then I upgraded my RAM ...
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Limit disk buffer usage in SLES 11SP2 to allow more efficient memory overcommit on esxi host

When running VMs on an ESXi host, you can overcommit the memory. Example: host == 20GB physical RAM The amount of RAM allocated to each VM is VM1 == 10gb VM2 == 10gb VM3 == 10gb VM4 == 10gb The ...
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Why does Linux purge the memory cache when it is nearly full?

Here's what the memory graph looks like on a VPS running CentOS with 512MB of RAM and nginx/php-fpm/mysqld serving (mostly static) content to a couple thousand visitors per day. (those are days on ...
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What is the buffers column in the output from free?

These questions briefly list the format of the free command, noting that buffers is kernel memory that must be written out to disk and cache is file data that does not need to be written disk. On my ...
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`free`: output format

I use free to get the amount of free space on some of my servers. Its output is something like: $ free -m total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 374 ...
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Is there a way to tell the system to keep a folder to reside in memory?

I'm developing a Java EE web application and I'm trying to speed up the testing process. To do so I was wondering if there is a way to tell the system to keep my build folder in system memory?
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Linux kernel slab usage growing on embedded system

I'm in the process of QA/debugging a project on a custom embedded linux system. The problem we're VERY tight on memory, and even a couple megs can cause issues with our software. What I'm seeing ...