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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kswapd0 takes 99% to 100% CPU in RHEL 6.3

I have 5 systems on which I have just installed RHEL6. System configuration is CPU-i7 HDD-500 GB RAM-2 GB Swap- 4 GB I have installed the same software's and all the configuration as per ...
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Maximum memory usable by a 32 bit RHEL 6 system

I have installed a 32 bit RHEL OS on a 64 bit system. From the wiki page of PAE: The Linux kernel includes full PAE mode support starting with version 2.3.23, with Linus Torvalds mentioning ...
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How to format the output of free/sar/such commands?

I need to get some specific columns from the output of free command. The way I'm following doesn't seem good, could anyone please suggest me a better way? bash-3.2$ free -gotsi total ...
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centos5 maximum memory setting for all users

I'm using Centos5 for operating server and the machine has limited memory. There are many users using the server and some of them are running programs which use a lot of RAM. When I check the used ...
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How is 32bit Linux virtual memory structured in relation to PCIe Base Address Registers

I'm working on a Linux system (32 bit, 4GB RAM) and found some contradictory information about memory addressing in Linux. Am I right with this: Only virtual memory has the differentiation between ...
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Linux memory usage?

We have 1TB of memory on a server which hosts an SAP application. When the app is running the memory usage shown in top is around 700GB. When the app is stopped the memory usage shown in top comes ...
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How extended (4MB) and regular (4KB) paging coexist?

On x86 architecture, "Extended paging" allows page frames (physical memory) to be 4 MB instead of 4 KB. The book "Understanding the Linux Kernel, 3rd" at chapter 2 "Memory Addressing", sub-chapter ...
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Why can't Vim open a 100 MB text file when I have 16 GB RAM?

I have a 100MB MySQL database backup file and I have trouble to open it in Vim on my Linux box that has 16G of RAM. Vim just hangs (at least unusable). This is something I don't understand. I have 16 ...
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How much memory is lost on startup

I was wondering the following: As I start my computer and Xubuntu, it starts many programs before the login screen. Is it possible to measure by Valgrind the total number of lost bytes during startup? ...
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How to reduce chrome's virtual memory usage?

I am running a Debian Jessie and having memory issues when using Google Chrome I tried disabling extensions, disabling cache, flushing the cache, and disabling the web 3d rendering, but nothing ...
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Cgroups - memory subsystem

I want to set the memory.limit_in_bytes parameter for a control group and disable OOM, so processes freeze when the limit is reached. But i want to change that limit dynamically, if there is more ...
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What is equivalent to Mac's purge in Linux?

In Mac I use purge to free up some memory. What is equivalent to it in Linux(Ubuntu Server)? apt-get install purge gave me nothing. If you are no familiar with Mac's purge here is it's man page: ...
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What do the different memory counters in FreeBSD mean?

top tells me: last pid: 64807; load averages: 0.99, 0.97, 0.92 up 189+04:47:22 09:16:17 45 processes: 1 running, 44 sleeping CPU: 0.4% user, 0.0% nice, ...
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How to figure out memory leaks? [closed]

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on Digitalocean to host my blog. I'm using HHVM + nginx + MySQL. Every few hours (~12h), there's no more RAM left and nginx throws an 502 error. I check the memory usage for ...
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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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Will Linux start killing my processes without asking me if memory gets short?

I was running a shell script with commands to run several memory-intensive programs (2-5 GB) back-to-back. When I went back to check on the progress of my script I was surprised to discover that some ...
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What a 64 bit Linux can do that 32 bit linux can't?

I ordered a server from fdcserver. Then I realized that, unless changed, fdcserver actually provides 32 bit operating as default. I logged in using SSH, typed uname -m, and to my horror I saw that I ...
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Out of Swap - What happens?

On my debian VM machine with 512MB RAM and 348MB Swap, what will happen if i open a 1GB file in an editor and get out of memory? Will it crash the system? Or if not, how will linux handle this? ...
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How to dump memory image from linux system?

I know to dump memory images in Window. (eg-dumpit) But I don't know how to dump memory images in Linux. I wanna get memory images in Linux and from linux to linux with ssh connection or something. ...
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Shell command to read device registers?

On a single-board computer running Linux, is there a way to read the contents of the device configuration registers that control hardware? I think it would be a wrapper for inw(), more or less. I'm ...
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Swap to RAM, or not

Having a 32-bit system with 4G RAM and 7G swap. Linux 3.5.0-49-generic i686. From time to time the memory bank is filled up and everything lags down. In 99% of the cases it is Chrome using vast ...
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Does BIOS read directly the bootloader or load it into RAM?

I'm trying to understand the very first steps of the boot process. The CPU read the BIOS It reads a fixed address instruction It will jump to the first BIOS instructions address It will execute ...
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How to solve this memory issue gracefully?

I have a standard Linux (Debian testing) laptop, with a swap partition. I do a lot of experiments with it. Some of them are really memory hungry and the way Linux behaves by default is an issue for ...
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Virtual Memory Usage Exceeding Physical Drive Space

I have a machine running Ubuntu on Amazon EC2. The machine has a 43 Gb root drive and 30 Gb of RAM. I am running a processor and memory intensive process and I've noticed that it sometimes stalls for ...
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xentop gives static info about memory usage

I am using CentOS 6.5 and Xen 4.2.4-30 xentop does not change MEM(%) at all. NAME STATE CPU(sec) CPU(%) MEM(k) MEM(%) MAXMEM(k) MAXMEM(%) VCPUS NETS NETTX(k) NETRX(k) VBDS VBD_OO ...
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What does the Virtual kernel Memory Layout in dmesg imply?

While going through the "Output of dmesg" I could see a list of values which i am not able to understand properly. Memory: 2047804k/2086248k available (3179k kernel code, 37232k reserved, 1935k ...
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Memory consumption of a script

Is there way to check the memory (physical & virtual) consumption of a script, of course in the moment of its execution. Calculating the used memory minus the used memory before and after the ...
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Does 'ulimit -m' not work on (modern) Linux?

This article claims that the -m flag to ulimit does nothing in modern Linux. I can find nothing else to corroborate this claim. Is it accurate? You may try to limit the memory usage of a process ...
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How to extract running Apache configuration from core dump?

Apache is loading the configuration from files into its memory. If the config files are changing the Apache process won't activate it until a reload/restart happens. Now I have to debug the current ...
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Debug out-of-memory with /var/log/messages

The following report is thrown in my messages log: kernel: Out of memory: Kill process 9163 (mysqld) score 511 or sacrifice child kernel: Killed process 9163, UID 27, (mysqld) total-vm:2457368kB, ...
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cannot find what has used all the memory

The server has about 24GB memory. By running free -g I find the memory is used up total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 23 23 0 ...
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What would happen if the amount of free memory (vm.min_free_kbytes) was too low?

I came across the following parameter in kernel settings (in sysctl): vm.min_free_kbytes This is the amount of free memory (RAM) that's always free no matter what. In my case, I have only 1 GiB of ...
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how is page size determined in virtual address space?

Linux uses a virtual memory system where all of the addresses are virtual addresses and not physical addresses. These virtual addresses are converted into physical addresses by the processor. To ...
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32 bit OS memory limitation on NUMA systems

Running 32 bit Rhel 6.5 with kernel 2.6.32-431.el6.i686 on a server with 46 Gb RAM and NUMA support. CONFIG_X86_PAE=y Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2660 0 @ 2.20GHz OS is not able to see more than 14GB ...
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buffer cache and free memory

Below is the output of free in Ubuntu: $ free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 8173180 8013092 160088 0 1076276 3091136 -/+ ...
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/proc/pid/maps addresses (and converting them)

When looking at the memory maps in /proc/pid/maps, we can see different length addresses 00400000-0042e000 r-xp 00000000 fb:01 268953 /bin/nano 0062e000-0062f000 r--p ...
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kernel: disabling /dev/kmem and /dev/mem

I understand that /dev/kmem and /dev/mem provide access to the memory (i.e. raw RAM) of the system. I am also aware, that /dev/kmem can be completely disabled in kernel and that access can be ...
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Getting non-stored password from Icedove

I've recently changed my mail password (because of Heartbleed), but I've forgotten the new one. When entering the new password in Icedove, I didn't think of clicking "remember password", but the ...
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Is memory in user space always low to high

I mean that if its true always that first lower addresses are used and then increment the address to access higher address. Can it be in reverse order?
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How the network packets are transferred to the memory on linux?

Is there some command or tool for monitoring network packets and how those packets are handled by the memory and than proceeded to the CPU on linux platform? Using tcpdump I can capture many apache ...
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Debian 64-bit sees less than 4GB of RAM

I have a Debian wheezy (7.4) amd64 virtual machine running under VirtualBox 4.3.10 on a Win7 x64 host with AMD A10-5700 processor. The virtual machine is configured with 16GB of memory (the host has ...
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Configure the OOM to avoid having the system grind to a halt

I have an SSD and therefore no swap. However, when I open a lot of tabs in the browser, the system tends to grind to a halt. If I'm lucky, I can close one or two tabs before the system is completely ...
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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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Why is swap used when a lot of memory is still free? [duplicate]

In the below 2.6.18 Linux Kernel (Red Hat) server, there is a lot of free memory, but I see some swap is used. I always thought of swap as an overflow when memory has been depleted. Why would it ...
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Can continually assigning a variable in a shell script cause a memory leak?

I've written a short script to copy Apache's server status to a log: #Save date and time to a variable dt=$(date) #Echo date and time to the log file as it's not included in server-status echo "Time ...
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Having an independent console to kill rogue process?

Sometimes a flash plugin starts using all the mem and CPU or an app is also behaving "naughtily" and my system starts to crawl until i finally get a terminal with htop up and kill the rogue process, ...
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What is the structure of Libvirt Qemu VM dump/save files?

I need to do some exploration of Qemu-KVM virtual machines physical memory (particularly I need to check the fact of the physical memory intersection). In order to do that I'm trying to save VM's ...
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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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What happens to the files when they are being decrypted?

I have the server's webroot directory mounted on a partition which is being protected with LUKS encryption. I want to know what happens to the files within when that partition is being decrypted. Does ...
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Virtual kernel memory layout: negative values [closed]

i'm porting drivers for omap3-board to 3.5 kernel. When I start board I see it: Memory: 256MB = 256MB total Memory: 253564k/253564k available, 8580k reserved, 3226106074K highmem Virtual kernel ...