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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cron Vs. sleep - which is the better one in terms of efficient cpu/memory utilization?

The Case: I need to run some commands/script at certain intervals of time and for this I have two options - 1. set up a cron-job or, 2. implement a loop with sleep in the script itself. Question: ...
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Set memory allocation for applications in Ubuntu [duplicate]

I have an application running under Ubuntu that tries to consume all available memory. Is there a way to specify and restrict the allocations available for a given application?
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How to cause memory fragmentation on a Linux based embedded device?

Hardware ARM What am I trying to do: Answer: I am trying to create memory fragmentation on a Linux 2.6.31 based swapless embedded device. Why: Answer:I am trying to port some patches to Linux ...
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Why does the kernel boot faster with less memory allocated?

This is not a important question, I'm just curious. Something strange happened, which isn't quiet clear to me: In the kernel command line, the amount of the memory can be set statically with the ...
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What happens in UNIX/Linux when a program is bigger then size of memory?

I was wondering how embedded systems are able run programs bigger than the size of memory. If I had 1 GB of memory and the program was 1.5 GB, would the program load? Are there systems that only use ...
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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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Loading of shared libraries and RAM usage

I'm wondering about the way Linux manages shared libraries. (actually I'm talking about Maemo Fremantle, a Debian-based distro released in 2009 running on 256MB RAM). Let's assume we have two ...
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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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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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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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How to reduce ClamAV memory usage?

I'm running a Ubuntu based web server (Apache, MySQL) on a 512MB VPS. This is more than sufficient for the website it is running (small forum). As I wanted to add some protection against viruses I ...
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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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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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Java/malloc memory corruption error when running SDK Android Manager

I want to install Android SDK, so I manually installed Java JDK 7u51, downloaded SDK ADT bundle for Linux x64, and tried to run it. When I run android, the SDK manager windows hangs halfway through ...
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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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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 find the physical address range of a DIMM?

I note that SMBios Type 20 would help here, but it's optional as of version 2.5 (2006-09-05) pp. 25, L796, and pp. 131, whereas types 16, 17 and 19 are mandatory, but don't quite help. Physical ...
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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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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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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 display meminfo in megabytes in top?

Sometimes it is not comfortable to see meminfo in kilobytes while you have several gigs of RAM. In Linux it looks like that: And here is how it looks in Mac OS X: Is there a way to display ...
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The meaning of output of pmap

I wrote main.c in Linux: int main() { while (1){} } When I compile and start it, I can pmap it: # pmap 28578 28578: ./a.out 0000000000400000 4K r-x-- /root/a.out 0000000000600000 4K ...
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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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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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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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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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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 [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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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 ...