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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Are limits in linux (like those controlled by ulimit or /etc/security/limits.conf) per user or per user per process?

I saw three copies of a process running and one of them cored in what seems like memory issue. Each individually occupies about 3-4 GB of memory..would a limit account for killing one of them? And if ...
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What is maximum RAM supportable by Linux?

What is the maximum supportable RAM by Linux? Assume that hardware is/supports 64-bit. Among all Linux distros. Does it go up to 16 exabytes, or is it limited like with Windows which I believe is 192 ...
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Optimised ZFS in low RAM environment feasibility?

I am currently setting up a file server and have come to the point of actually setting up the data drives. The system has 4 drives (one OS disk, 3 data disks). The OS disk is formatted as ext4 and ...
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mdadm large memory consumption [closed]

I am building a RAID 6 with mdadm (8 WD Red 3 Tb) on Ubuntu 13.10x64 server with ext4 filesystem. When I download torrent on the array, server RAM is filled for maximum cap (8 Gb) memory is free when ...
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dovecot. Can't allocate memory, but free -m show available memory

I trying to send mail with PHP (engine - Drupal). But it can't send mail and write message about it in to log (nothing more that adressed). Part of /var/log/mail.err : Feb 14 19:55:30 hivede13-3220 ...
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Why does MemTotal in /proc/meminfo change?

I monitor value from /proc/meminfo file, namely the MemTotal: number. It changes if a ram module breaks, roughly by size of the memory module - this is obvious. I know the definition for the field ...
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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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Limiting processes by memory under Linux

We must launch several hungry processes on a Linux system. These processes often need several Go (~5Go) of memory to run (total memory: 16Go RAM + 2Go swap). At first, when the system was running ...
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htop reporting much higher memory usage than free or top

The following three outputs were taken essentially simultaneously: top: top - 02:54:36 up 2 days, 13:50, 3 users, load average: 0.05, 0.05, 0.09 Tasks: 181 total, 1 running, 179 sleeping, 0 ...
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Is there a way to limit the amount of memory a particular process can use in Unix?

I need to test a process for memory management. I do not have the source, so I need to do all the testing from the OS side. I want to be able to say something like limitmemory 400k -p <pid> ...
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Limit CPU and memory usage for PHP-FPM and Nginx processes in CentOS

I want to limit CPU and memory usage for PHP-FPM and Nginx processes in CentOS. I came across following tools cpulimit cggroups memory resource locater which will more efficient and how can I ...
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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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What's exactly Compile time, Load time, and Execution time? [closed]

It's said, Compile time -- When it is known at compile time where the process will reside, compile time binding is used to generate the absolute code. Here I'm not sure what is the absolute code? ...
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Preventing a new instance of a program to open when calling it

My problem is with FBI (frame buffer image viewer) for Linux, but my question and any answers are perhaps applicable to more than only that program. I don't know. Anyway… While things are loading on ...
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Amount of memory transfer on a running Linux

Can I determinate the amount of RAM exchange (between the CPU and the RAM) on a running Linux system? I'm not looking for the max RAM speed (then memtest would be valid answer). I'm looking for the ...
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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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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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Getting information about a process' memory usage from /proc/pid/smaps

For a given process in /proc/<pid>/smaps, for a given mapping entry what are: Shared_Clean Shared_Dirty Private_Clean Private_Dirty Is Shared_Clean + Shared_Dirty the amount of memory that ...
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Is this method safe or recommended for moving a /home directory?

I have my linux install on a small disk. I want to put the home directory on a different hard-drive. I was thinking of using this and then this. Would this work? Is there a better way? Should I just ...
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Is there something wrong with df output? [duplicate]

I'm using the command df -h to check disk usage on CentOS 6.4. I see an inconsistency with the output. look at the line Filesystem: total 490Gb, used 55Gb, and Available 411Gb. What is it mean? I ...
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Memory usage on SunOS and Linux

I have some doubts with memory usage. Currently I have nagios check who measures used memory from free -m command on Linux. I added another script for memory usage from ...
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How to install memusg tool

I've tried with yum install memusg but returned: Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, security Setting up Install Process No package memusg available Error: nothing to do Any solution
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Why do the data and code segments completely overlap in Linux?

Context: I'm reading "Understanding the Linux kernel, 3d ed", which uses the 2.6.11 kernel. Question: As I understand, the physical address is obtained by translating the linear address, which is ...
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memory consumption alert

My VPS has reported a memory consumption alert says reached 273% and I cannot access any of my sites. But I checked on the terminal today and it does not look like a memory problem. Am I correct in ...
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Loading a kernel driver to a specific memory address

How can I load a kernel driver at a specific memory address? How could it be done with the following methods? commands/scripts like insmod or modprobe using C code (not sure if there may exist ...
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Is it possible to support multiple processes without support for Virtual memory?

Is it possible to support multiple processes without support for virtual memory? I would like to know more about it if so.
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Worker MPM or Prefork?

I understand that there is a comparison topic between the two modules but this is different. I was contacting cPanel support in order to help me freeing up some memory usage on the VPS. They found ...
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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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How can I tell what memory RAM address range is being used by uboot?

I am in uboot and was wondering, how could I tell what RAM address range is being used by uboot. uboot needs memory to run so it might be using some of the RAM. I want to avoid modifying those RAM ...
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Securely viewing an encrypted file

I have a file that is gpg encrypted. I would like to view the content of the file, but leave no trace of the output. Lets say for example that the encrypted file has some passwords, and I don't want ...
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How to see buffered and cached data

~$ free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 3891076 1044972 2846104 0 82744 463876 -/+ buffers/cache: 498352 3392724 ...
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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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How can I find the amount of memory consumed by a process?

How can I find the amount of main memory consumed by a process using ps aux? I have a process which runs for half an hour. Is it possible to find the maximum amount of main memory consumed by it ...
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How to blacklist a correct bad RAM sector according to MemTest86+ error indication?

MemTest86+ (the version included with Ubuntu 13.04) says Failing address: 002f796c48 - 759.5 MB What should I specify in the memmap kernel parameter to bypass this area? I've tried running ...
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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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How to create memory-based disk in linux? [duplicate]

I need to have a very fast disk for keeping cache. How can I do that in Linux?
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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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CentOS memory allocation

I was running my VPS with CentOS on 1G memory, but I saw the memory was getting "full" so I had 1G extra installed. This VPS is one I rent at a hosting company. That company did most of the ...
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Writing to Arbitrary Memory Addresses [closed]

I'm reading "Art of Exploitation 2nd Ed." and I have a question regarding a section on format string attacks. Target program Below code (fmt_vuln.c) is a target program. #include <stdio.h> ...
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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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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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How to reuse Physical memory in the absence of swapping?

How can I reuse physical memory in the absence of swapping?
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gnome-keyring-daemon couldn't allocate secure memory

I run logcheck on my Debian Linux system to get alerted to unusual lines in my log files, and recently I saw the following in /var/log/messages: gnome-keyring-daemon: couldn't allocate secure memory ...
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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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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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What is “kernel dynamic memory” as reported by smem?

While diagnosing low memory problems in my desktop machine (details at U&L) I've noticed that my noncache "kernel dynamic memory" is big: # smem -twk Area Used ...
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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 ...