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Why is swap used when a lot of memory is still free? [duplicate]

In the below 2.6.18 Linux Kernel (Red Hat) server, there is a lot of free memory, but I see some swap is used. I always thought of swap as an overflow when memory has been depleted. Why would it ...
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HDD indicator blinks when I run out of memory, but I have no swap configured [duplicate]

I'm running Arch Linux, with 8 GB memory and no swap defined. Sometimes it ran out of memory, then my system get a little bit stuck, and I can see the HDD indicator blinking. Then I restart X, which ...
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Linux-swap on reboot

I'm wondering what actually happens to a Linux-swap partition reboot. I've been taking a course in computer organization and while installing/partitioning a new drive I became rather curious about ...
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Swap bash script pins htop's memory usage

I deployed a hack to add swap space to a VPS that otherwise didn't allow me to use swapon to create a file. Prior to adding and executing the script, I followed the steps outlined here. and ...
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Spike in swap utilisation without high swap rate

Every Saturday, for reasons unknown to me, one of my servers experiences a spike in swap utilisation. It's not necessarily a problem as there is plenty of free memory available, but I'd still like to ...
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Copying large file causes excessive swap

On a mid-class CentOS 6.4/64 server with 32 GB RAM, 3 TB free disk space, operating as KVM hypervisor, I start copying a 200 GB file to a destination in the same local filesystem. In fact, this file ...
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swapoff fails when overcommit_memory==2

I've disabled memory overcommitting by setting overcommit_memory=2. Now when I tried to swapoff, I get this error: swapoff: /dev/sda5: swapoff failed: Cannot allocate memory But I in fact have 0 ...
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can initramfs be paged out to swap disk?

I am using initramfs to boot Centos via PXE. The initramfs used memory is listed within the "cached" value in /proc/meminfo or via free. Since I need to calculate performance data, I need to know ...
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Linux: Total swap used = swap used by processes +?

So, I'm trying to do some investigation on where does swap use come from in a system with high swap usage: # free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: ...
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Where is the virtual memory stored on hard drive?

If a process wants to access a memory address that is not in physical memory, the OS outsources a page frame from physical memory to the hard drive for later use. Where on the hard drive is this data ...
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kswapd0 takes 99% to 100% CPU in RHEL 6.3

I have 5 systems on which I have just installed RHEL6. System configuration is CPU-i7 HDD-500 GB RAM-2 GB Swap- 4 GB I have installed the same software's and all the configuration as per old ...
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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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Which processes swaps memory

I can see swap's total, used, free etc. sizes from top command. But I can't figure out which process uses swap, is it possible to find out swap memory by process? I'm running CentOS 6.3.
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Swap usage too high?

I have a debian sid box, freshly installed about a month ago, with no desktop apps running at the moment. Any command I try to run (via ssh) makes the hard disk work very hard. The system worked ...
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Swap space not used

I recently installed Debian 6.0.6. Here are the machine's states: CPU - AMD XP 3000+ RAM - 1 Gig HDD - IDE 80 Gig I primarily use this machine for developing toy personal projects. When I run ...
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free / top difference. Does free show virtual memory?

free -m shows me the following in my system: total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 3954 3842 111 0 248 2585 -/+ ...
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Is it possible to trigger OOM-killer on forced swapping?

Is it possible to have the system preemptively swap out inactive pages (vm.swappiness), but invoke the oom-killer when the system runs out of RAM (as opposed to running out of memory) and is forced to ...
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What is the appropriate value of vm.swappiness when using zram?

I'm using zram on my computer as a compressed RAM-backed swap. When the system needs to swap something out, swapping it to a zram-backed swap file is more or less equivalent to compressing that data ...
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tmpfs and vm.swappiness

I have started tuning a bit Linux VM performance on my system (yes. I know that vm.swappiness=0 will kill kittens but I found 30-40 as much better for me as it improved my latency - probably at cost ...
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What does the vm.swappiness parameter really contol?

Per the kernel documentation: This control is used to define how aggressive the kernel will swap memory pages. Higher values will increase agressiveness, lower values decrease the amount of swap. ...
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Is there a way to kick kswapd and make it swap out pages?

Even though I have set swappiness to 100 and enabled swap, nothing is being swapped out. This is probably because I don't have high memory pressure at the moment. For testing purposes though, I want ...
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How to re-load all running applications from swap space into RAM?

If my desktop run out of memory and swaps a lot then I free or kill the application wasting my RAM. But, after that, all my desktop/applications have been swapped and are horribly slow, do you know a ...
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How to reuse Physical memory in the absence of swapping?

How can I reuse physical memory in the absence of swapping?