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 fill 90% of the free memory?

I want to do some low-resources testing and for that I need to have 90% of the free memory full. How can I do this on a *nix system?
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lsof - debug the output information

I was going through the questions of this site. In this particular question, I see the command lsof being used to list the files that are open for a particular user. I ran the below command in my ...
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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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Know when a memory address is aligned or unaligned

Im getting kernel oops because ppp driver is trying to access to unaligned address (there is a pointer pointing to unaligned address). Im not sure about the meaning of unaligned address. It means not ...
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How does a process handle the situation when it finds no memory to use?

What happens when a particular process finds that there is no memory to use? Will that process kill/restart another process to proceed their task ? Or what the process (that requires more memory) ...
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Running git with higher memory allocation

I am facing memory/data segment issues while running git. However, if I set my ulimits to a bit higher like below. ulimit -m 262144 ulimit -d 262144 It runs fine. Don't we have anyway to allocate ...
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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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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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Can Any one Suggest good Linux OS Tutorial? [duplicate]

Can Anyone suggest me good tutorial regarding Linux os . My intention is to learn , 1) How Linux OS schedules the processes. 2) different process types. 3) operations on the process. 4) Linux ...
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How to monitor average stats of CPU and memory usage of a Solaris server using scripts?

I need to monitor average CPU and memory usage for a Solaris server. How can I automate the process using scripts to monitor daily CPU and memory usage and give it as an average over a month?
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Need help with a script to test for memory usage

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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Linux kernel with absolutely no virtual memory [duplicate]

I am interested in obtaining (or building myself) a version of the Linux kernel that has absolutely no virtual memory and none of its attendant overhead. No swap file, no nothing. What are my ...
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How can memtest check all memory while it is still loaded?

Inspired by this question. If you're testing your memory, you have to test all memory - you shouldn't trust any of it to be good. How can memtest effectively do this when memtest itself will consume ...
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Does segfaults mean bad memory

This is a brand new server with a new install and fresh compile of Apache/PHP with nothing crazy. Just a WordPress site hosted and I get the following. Could this just mean bad RAM? If so how can I ...
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when awake from hibernate, will the VIRT column of top command show the swap space used by process?

top - 10:43:31 up 8 days, 1:28, 4 users, load average: 0.72, 0.57, 0.44 Tasks: 180 total, 1 running, 177 sleeping, 0 stopped, 2 zombie %Cpu(s): 8.9 us, 2.1 sy, 0.0 ni, 88.9 id, 0.0 wa, ...
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No virtual memory (-v) item in output of ulimit -a

When I run command ulimit -a, I see no virtual memory item in the list of output of the command. It is unlimited for some user IDs though. Does that mean I am assigned no virtual memory?
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Memory usage command with syntax similar to the time command

What command shows the memory usage of a program, i am looking for a command that is simple to use and has similar syntax to the time command. I am trying to find the memory usage of a md5 hashing ...
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grep: memory exhausted

I was doing a very simple search: grep -R Milledgeville ~/Documents And after some time this error appeared: grep: memory exhausted How can I avoid this? I have 10GB of RAM on my system and few ...
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32-bit on 64-bit: memory usage for multiple processes

I'm working on a Linux hosting solution for game server software, however the software in question is 32-bit and I'd be running 64-bit on the host. Now, I know I can run 32-bit apps on a 64-bit host ...
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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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Static files give ever changing checksum value on Linux

When I cksum large files (150MB) they will often report different checksums on each call. $ cksum test3 1233504235 170213376 test3 $ cksum test3 825031809 170213376 test3 $ cksum test3 189847968 ...
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Does sync command remove the dirty cache in the memory?

I am aware that sync command flushes the dirty cache into disk. I have run free command first, then sync, and then free again. The result of latter free command shows more free memory available than ...
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Viewing virtual memory usage

I started 700+ threads from a single program And my /proc/[PID]/status file shows the following output. VmPeak: 7228104 kB VmSize: 7228104 kB VmLck: 0 kB VmHWM: 3456 kB VmRSS: ...
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Determine which memory stick contains an address?

I just run memtester and found a single error: FAILURE: possible bad address line at offset 0x869a3bd8. I can re-run memtester with individual memory sticks to determine which one is bad, but I ...
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very high buffer memory usage [closed]

Is this normal - I've never seen buffers so high? $ cat /proc/meminfo MemTotal: 16332808 kB MemFree: 1112264 kB Buffers: 10630124 kB Cached: 699400 kB SwapCached: 0 kB Active: 3262924 kB Inactive: ...
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a handy tool to measure memory consumption of a program [duplicate]

I develop a C code on Debian. I am looking for a program to monitor memory consumption of my code in real-time. The only value I care is the maximum RAM consumption, it should hold the value even if ...
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/proc/meminfo MemTotal =?

What elements of /proc/meminfo sum up to MemTotal? Example of tee /tmp/proc/meminfo < /proc/meminfo MemTotal: 1279296 kB MemFree: 164092 kB Buffers: 62392 kB Cached: ...
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what is an application pool?

I'm reading this article: http://www.modrails.com/documentation/Architectural%20overview.html#web_app_models It talks about how Phusion Passenger extends Apache2 to act as an application server. ...
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What is meant by “a process has open handles to system objects”? [closed]

The following are qualities of a process: virtual address space executable code open handles to system objects a security context a unique process identifier environment variables a priority class ...
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Where is the Virtual kernel Memory Layout? [duplicate]

Specifically, where is the lowmem address range for 64 bit Linux 3.2.0 ? Other posts get it from dmesg. It is not in: /var/log/boot /var/log/dmesg /var/log/kern.log /var/log/syslog
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Eclipse makes laptop unusable

Currently I can't use my eclipse project. I'm using ArchLinux: -` .o+` rkmax@satellite `ooo/ OS: Arch Linux ...
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Does kernel: EDAC MC0: UE page 0x0 point to bad memory, a driver, or something else?

kernel: EDAC MC0: UE page 0x0, offset 0x0, grain 0, row 7, labels ":": i3200 UE All of a sudden today, our CentOS release 6.4 (Final) system started throwing EDAC errors. I rebooted, and the errors ...
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Contents of stack area of a process

I've been going through some Unix text books and I can't have a clear picture on the contents of the stack area of the process. Can anyone please explain or point out some references?
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private memory calculated by pmap, a combination of virtual memory size and resident memory size?

You can use the ps command to get the virtual memory size and the resident memory size of a process: $ ps aux | grep apache2 USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME ...
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pmap and memory usage

On Ubuntu 12.04, I have several apache2 processes running (the 1130 parent and the children it spawned), and as you can see, they have around 300-400 mb of virtual memory and 10 mb of resident memory: ...
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Allocated Memory difference in xen guests after using Linux 3+ kernel [closed]

Can someone explain to me why there is a memory difference in Guests with the same configuration? Hypervisor: xen 4.2 64 bit VM1: Centos 5.7 with 2.6.18-274.el5xen Assigned memory from xen is ...
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What does hierarchy support do in cgroup?

cgroup has 2 options for memory control: memory.use_hierarchy = 1 : use hierarchy memory.use_hierarchy = 0 : use flat hierarchy, according to this answer What is the difference between the two? I ...
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How do you track memory usage in a ksh93 script

We have a number of ksh scripts that run forever (inside a while loop), or at least until a shutdown event is delivered to them. We had a project where these scripts where converted to ksh93 (and ...
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Understanding the Buddy Allocator [closed]

I have a conceptual doubt in understanding the way Linux Kernel manages Free blocks. Here is what I interpreted through reading so far. The Buddy Allocator implementation is allocation scheme that ...
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get Various types of address used [closed]

How to get various address ranges of a running machine or a crash dump? User virtual address Physical address Bus address Kernel logical address Kernel virtual address I don't need the bus ...
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Change the size of my memory pages?

I would like to change my kernel's page size from 4KB to 4MB as I have had a large addition of RAM to my computer and I am never running out of anymore. The idea is that programs requiring large ...
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What happened to my RAM?

I am trying to understand the basics of the Linux OS. I'm running 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 on a 64-bit CPU. The system has 2GB of RAM. cat /proc/meminfo MemTotal: 2012040 kB Question 1: Where is ...
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operation in /dev/shm causes overflow

I am repeating tens of thousands of similar operations in /dev/shm, each with a directory created, files written, and then removed. My assumption used to be that I was actually creating directories ...
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Turning off swapping for only one process with cgroups?

I would like to turn off swapping for only one process. Swap should work as usual for the other processes. How I can implement this with cgroups?
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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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Execute in Place an encrypted ram drive

I have found a few old posts claiming that tmpfs can execute in place. Is this true? If so, how? If not, is there a ram drive alternative? Can this be done with a ram drive that is encrypted? If ...
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Prevent or detect reading of daemon in memory

Is it possible to prevent the memory being used by a daemon to be read by anything else? If not, is it possible to detect an attempt to read? If so, is it possible to get in front of the actual read ...
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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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are daemon tmpfs executables copied unencrypted to memory upon execution? (prevent if so?)

When a daemon is executed, is the executable copied to memory? If so, can it be copied encrypted? If not, is there a way to prevent the executable from being copied to memory? The executable is ...
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How to make sure, that certain functionality (like Alt+Ctrl+F1 switching into tty) is available in havily swapping system?

At the moment, when I accidentally launch application that eats a lot of memory (that causes system to heavily swap), the system become so unresponsive (waiting hours just to see the mouse move/or ...