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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...