In computing, memory refers to the state information of a computing system, as it is kept active in some physical structure.

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How to measure on Linux the peak memory of an application after has ended

How do I measure the peak memory of an application running on Linux? I run this app in batch so I cannot use RSS since, it reports the current memory. I need the peak memory that the application has ...
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Measuring RAM usage of a program

time is a brilliant command if you want to figure out how much CPU time a given command takes. I am looking for something similar that can measure the max RAM usage of the program and any children. ...
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Do I need swap space if I have more than enough amount of RAM?

From what I understand, the purpose of a swap partition in Linux is to free up some "not as frequently accessed" information from RAM and move it to a specific partition on your harddrive (at the cost ...
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Is there any relationship between memory fragmentation and whether or not swap is enabled on a system?

One of the answers to Do I need swap space if I have more than enough amount of RAM? got me wondering if there is any relationship between memory fragmentation as measured by cat /proc/buddyinfo and ...
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Is there any dynamically produced .log file showing up the memory usage on FreeBSD?

I am using FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE and I was just wondering if there is any .log file produced by default from the system because I am using ELK and I want to pass this file to logstash and then ...
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Linux and x32-ABI - How to use?

Intro I just moved to a 64bit installation and I'm experiencing big difference in memory usage ( especially for app like chrome, firefox, mysql and java apps ): While before 4gb were enough now ...
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I seem to be using only some part of my total memory

My Kubuntu laptop $ uname -a Linux jiggs 3.16.0-31-generic #43-Ubuntu SMP Tue Mar 10 17:37:36 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux has 6GiB of memory: # lshw -C memory *-firmware ...
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MMU-less kernel?

I would like to try compile mmu-less kernel. From what I found in configuration there is no option for such a thing. Is it possible to be done?
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Can I limit the size of the linux file cache?

I am running 64-bit Xubuntu 14.04, linux version 3.8.0-25 with 8GB of RAM. I have a script (in MATLAB, for what it's worth) that loads a large number of data files (~23k) one at a time, for a total ...
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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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Generate major page faults

Is it possible to generate major page faults in the linux kernel at will? Can a program be written such that it is guaranteed to cause a major page fault on it's execution.
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How to get the size of GPU memory available for OpenCL?

How is it possible to get the size of the memory on a GPU, which is available for programs with use OpenCL for computations, such as darktable? I know of lspci which gives some general informations, ...
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Changing redis filesystem writing behaviour

The filesystem usage of redis is peaking every 20 minutes at the moment on my server. Sometimes from 63.1% to over 90.9%! This causes my monitoring to send me alerts if its over a longer time-frame. ...
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Linux always hangs when out of physical memory

I'm using ArchLinux, with 3.18.6-1 kernel, when a software uses more than physical memory (when total memory used is >5.8 GB), it always lags, unresponsive, and all that I can do is reset the ...
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The structure of /proc/kcore on 64-bit machine and relation to physical memory

Let me preface this question by saying that I've found a lot of answers for questions similar to my question but for 32-bit machines. However, I can't find anything for 64-bit machines. Please no ...
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Linux Debian memory leak? [duplicate]

I am running an application which needs to be restarted everyday. I am noticing that when I close this application and I run "free -m" It says: total used free shared ...
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Excessively high memory usage reported (3 GB) after reboot

Brief problem description: A 64-bit Gentoo on Intel Core-2 Q6600 reports about 3GB used out of 8GB total memory after reboot. This memory is neither claimed by any process, nor is it used by ...
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What does -/+ buffers/cache means in the output of free? [closed]

I know this is a lame question, but I want to understand why CentOS consumes my Physical memory when certain process stopped. Suppose I have opened a file of 10GB then it consumes 10GB in ram and ...
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CentOS Black Screen after 4+ hours of indexing

I am running a CentOS virtual image on virtual box. It has liferay and solr installed on it and I am trying to index a Lar file that is 50+ MB of metadata. This is estimated to take more than 12 hours ...
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How can I dump the full system memory?

After starting VirtualBox, the computer became sluggish and then hung completely due to OOM. Usually, OOM should be starting killing processes in order to free up some space, but this did not happen ...
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Loading and execution of programs in memory [closed]

While comparing between linking loader and linkage editor I came across a point that in case of linking loader linking and relocation takes place for each execution of the program( and happens at time ...
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Can I use pmap to find out Memory utilization?

I want to measure memory utilization of my Apache Server. Can I use the pmap command and pass all the process IDs of httpd and take that as total utilization? pmap PID1 PID2 .... It seems that pmap ...
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RES memory more than initial and maximum memory for java

We have a java application running on Centos 6.4 what we notice is that the RES is around 370m which is more then the allocated max that is 256m. Does this signify that we the application is leaking? ...
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«nm» shows zero VMA: where is the symbol will be mapped?

I am look at the functions of my compiled application via «nm» — I need to find an address to set a breakpoint to the «send()» function. The problem is that this function accordingly to «nm»'s output ...
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doubts regarding memory control group and memory zones lru list?

I have doubts regarding memory control group and memory zones lru list ? I just want know whether memory control groups lru list is subset of memory zone lru list or they have different pages on them ...
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How do I find the resident memory size of a process on busybox?

I run top on busybox and it shows all processes and their virtual memory size. How do I determine how much RAM is being used by each process?
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Linux empty buffer cache command permission denied

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 ...
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Why message queues are not being used for any system level applications in Ubuntu OS?

In my Linux machine, when i run 'ipcs' command, I have the below information listed srinivas@srinivas-G41MT-S2:~$ ipcs -a ------ Shared Memory Segments -------- key shmid owner ...
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Java process gets killed frequently by OOM - Killer on upgraded hardware

I am running solr on an Ubuntu server along with 4 other java processes. Current index size is 30 GB. My solr process gets killed frequently in few hours. It clearly mentions that its an OOM killer. I ...
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How can I monitor per process/per thread memory consumption (divided into heap, stack, data, code)?

Before jumping in and writing my own code, I want to find out if there is GNU/Linux software that is able to output something similar to QNX's showmem. For each thread of each process that is ...
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find the application that consuming large memory

How to find which application is consuming large memory? Is there any other way than using top?
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How can the RES memory reported for a Java process be higher than the VIRT memory?

I've been monitoring a Java process (Oracle Weblogic) using TOP and have observed that sometimes the following will happen: RES will increase from it's usual stable level of 2,097,152 KB up to ...
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What does “task mysqld:xxx blocked for more than 120 seconds” mean?

We are troubleshooting a MySQL issue where some queries are taking a very long time complete and I see many of these entry in /var/log/messages: Jan 28 05:52:15 64455-alpha01 kernel: [2529273.616327] ...
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Why is the theoretical RAM limit for RHEL 6 128 TB and how is this determined?

I'm studying for RHCSA and am confused by a statement I came across in some training material: There is no practical maximum RAM, as theoretically, you could run 128 TB of RAM on RHEL 6. But ...
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How to remove cache device from bcache?

I believe, that once I made sure my cache device state is "clean": $ sudo cat /sys/block/bcache0/bcache/state I can just physically remove it from the machine when it is powered off or boot with ...
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What are high memory and low memory on Linux?

I'm interested in the difference between Highmem and Lowmem: Why is there such a differentiation? What do we gain by doing so? What features does each have?
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What uses Linux “application memory”?

Just for fun, I wanted to watch what ls -lR / does to my "buffers" memory on a Linux system. As expected, the value increased. But I noticed that the "application memory" (i.e. "used" - (buffers + ...
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Accounting for “missing memory” from sysctl

I'm on OS X Yosemite, ran this code: unsigned long num_; sysctl((int[]){CTL_HW, HW_PHYSMEM}, 2, &num_, &len, NULL, 0); printf("AMT MEM: , %lu\n", num_); and getting back 140735340871680 ...
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Equivalent command for ``time`` for memory usage?

by using time we can easily get the information about how long a program run, I was wondering if there is any equivalent command I can use for memory usages? Like how many memory are allocated for ...
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Correctly determining the REAL linux memory usage

I have a curiosity about memory management in Linux: It is possible to determine the use of real memory? (That memory that is being used actually, without being allocated only). How can I do it? ...
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what's the difference between page cache and buffer cache?

In linux OS, you can type command "echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_cache" to release memory, and you can type command "sync" to release the memory. And in linux kernel there are two kind of cache, one is ...
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How to limit application memory usage?

I have spend 2 hours reading questions about this matter, and still there is some misunderstanding. I have this process: USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND root 1452 0.4 1.8 ...
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How to limit the total resources (memory) of a process and its children

There are plenty of questions and answers about constraining the resources of a single process, e.g. RLIMIT_AS can be used to constrain the maximum memory allocated by a process that can be seen as ...
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How to find out total memory resource usage with ps?

With ps command I can find out how much memory each program uses: ps -u mertnuhoglu -o pcpu,rss,pid,command Is it possible to find out the sums of each type of resource usage as well, easily?
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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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GNU Parallel Limit Memory Usage

Is it possible to limit the memory usage of all processes started by GNU parallel? I realize there are ways to limit the number of jobs, but in cases where it isn't easy to predict the memory usage ...
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take the DRAM performance of the processes into consideration when scheduling

The CFS scheduler in Linux schedules the processes based on the virtual runtime of CPU. But, the DRAM memory is the bottleneck in most of the emerging domains. Why not take the DRAM performance of ...
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Need help with a script to test for memory usage [closed]

I'm trying to put up a temporary band-aid while I work out a solution for a app's memory leak. What I wrote was a small bash script that I put in the root on the server. This is what the script is ...
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How can I force bash to deallocate a brace expanded variable without name?

For benchmarking, I ran the command: for i in {1..100000000}; do echo "$i" line >> file done Bash expanded the braces and stored the list 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 100000000 in memory. I thought ...
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Memory Required for SSH-only Linux Setup

I am attempting to set up a minimal Debian or CentOS installation for internal network access. The purpose of the setup will be to allow SSH access into the rest of the internal network—that's it. It ...