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 can i free up memory / manage memory on a linux box?

I am running two Ubuntu 12.04 servers (no GUI / desktop) using canonical's cloud images on Amazon EC2. One is a micro with 613MB of RAM and one is a medium with 3.75GB of RAM. I only have opscode's ...
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Not using specific memory regions due to errors

I have just installed some new RAM (2x1GB, 667, sticks from 2x512MB, 533, sticks) into an old system (perfectly valid), and all was working fine, until now. I have been having some issues when the ...
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Where is the frame.h located in modern Linux implementations? (ubuntu specifically)

A book I am reading refers to an include file that shows how a stack frame looks on one's UNIX system. In particular: /usr/include/sys/frame.h I am having trouble finding the modern equivalent. ...
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Invoking memory compaction on linux 2.6.35 kernels and beyond

This LWN article about memory compaction indicates that memory compaction can be invoked in the linux kernel by Writing a node number to /proc/sys/vm/compact_node, causing compaction to happen on ...
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Bash script that automatically kills processes when CPU/memory usage gets too high

I have created a script that kills processes if CPU and/or memory usage hits 80%. It creates a list of killed processes when this happens. What can I do to improve it? while [ 1 ]; do echo echo ...
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find total ram memory and swap memory

I need to write a script to find total memory and total swap of several linux server (2000+). I have one trusted server from where I can login to all these 2000 servers without a password. When I run ...
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Huge page and performance improvemnt

How can using huge page improve performance? I have read that huge pages improve performance by reducing TLB lookups and reducing the size of the page table. Can someone tell me how this helps with ...
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How can I dump the full system memory?

After starting VirtualBox, the computer became sluggish and then hung completely due to OOM. Usually, OOM should be starting killing processes in order to free up some space, but this did not happen ...
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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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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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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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Memory management, bias to swapping

I was having 768 MB RAM. In a general day MySQL was using 100-180 mb of RAM and MySQL was swapping 80-120 mb. I was having 50-60 mb free RAM. So I thought I should upgrade. Then I upgraded my RAM ...
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Why message queues are not being used for any system level applications in Ubuntu OS?

In my Linux machine, when i run 'ipcs' command, I have the below information listed srinivas@srinivas-G41MT-S2:~$ ipcs -a ------ Shared Memory Segments -------- key shmid owner ...
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Which processes swaps memory

I can see swap's total, used, free etc. sizes from top command. But I can't figure out which process uses swap, is it possible to find out swap memory by process? I'm running CentOS 6.3.
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What is “automatic stack expansion”?

getrlimit(2) has the following definition in the man pages: RLIMIT_AS The maximum size of the process's virtual memory (address space) in bytes. This limit affects calls to brk(2), mmap(2) and ...
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Does Linux have ways to cache IO with memory

My server has a large amount of memory. However, the amount of IO (each of which is small) is very high. Is there a way to make a virtual drive out of portion of the memory? I realize I can also use ...
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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 might I detect memory errors if I do not have root or physical access to a Linux system?

The background to my question is as follows. I currently rent a virtual private server from a major hosting company, which I use to run a minecraft server. I have a suspicion that there may be bad ...
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Discrepancy between reported used memory and sum of application memory usage

I'm running a desktop system that quite regularly suffers from lack of memory, this prompted me to investigate what causes the issue in the first place. Problem is, there's no single process that ...
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httpd memory usage very high

I host a wordpress site on my server which has 2GB mem, I have used some cache plugin, but when I type ps -eo "%C : %p : %z : %a" | sort -k5 -nr in SSH, I see the httpd memory usage is very high. ...
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Limit disk buffer usage in SLES 11SP2 to allow more efficient memory overcommit on esxi host

When running VMs on an ESXi host, you can overcommit the memory. Example: host == 20GB physical RAM The amount of RAM allocated to each VM is VM1 == 10gb VM2 == 10gb VM3 == 10gb VM4 == 10gb The ...
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Why is the theoretical RAM limit for RHEL 6 128 TB and how is this determined?

I'm studying for RHCSA and am confused by a statement I came across in some training material: There is no practical maximum RAM, as theoretically, you could run 128 TB of RAM on RHEL 6. But ...
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Where does the Linux kernel reside in memory ?

From some book I have, I have in my notes that the Linux kernel resides at 0xc00000000 on 32-bit systems, and is mapped into user space for performance reasons. Is this accurate ? How can I verify ...
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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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Why buffers equals to used memory?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10, virtualized by OpenVZ. That output of free -m shows that buffers is always equal to used. total used free shared buffers cached Mem: ...
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Can I use pmap to find out Memory utilization?

I want to measure memory utilization of my Apache Server. Can I use the pmap command and pass all the process IDs of httpd and take that as total utilization? pmap PID1 PID2 .... It seems that pmap ...
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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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How to place / store a file in memory on linux?

I have read somewhere that one can put a file on a linux system into memory, and loading it will be superfast. How do I do this? How do I verify the file is loaded from memory?
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raspberry pi keeps killing imagemagicks convert

My raspberry Pi keeps killing imagemagick's convert command when I'm resizing images, especially larger images. Is there any way I can prevent this?
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Are there any tools to test MTD/JFFS2 for Linux 2.4 kernels

I have some issues with a platform I support and I suspect memory problems. I wanted to check the Flash parts using some MTD JFFS2 test tools, I found a link to a bunch on this site. However they ...
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Monitor single process to logfile perodicly

Based on this question, I would like to log the performance of a specific process, with a frequency of say one second, to a csv (comma separated value) log file. Something like: ...
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Use all system memory in Solaris

I am doing server testing and intentionally trying to crash a virtual Solaris server by using all memory. Server has a ulimit of 15 GB (several hundred GB of total system/swap memory). Is there a ...
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Concept of memory mapping in Unix like systems

Can some one explain in an easy to understand way the concept of memory mappings (achieved by mmap() system call) in Unix like systems ? When do we require this functionality ?
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Memory usage caused by MySQL or Apache?

Here is a screenshot of my usage today on an idle unfinished cms drupal site with a maximum of 14 added modules besides core and no activity or users. As you can see I am at my limit which is crazy ...
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Where is max process size specified?

I've got a RHEL4 machine with 1TB of memory and have discovered that malloc and mmap refuse to allocate any memory above 512GB. Meanwhile, I don't seem to have a problem with RHEL5 machines. I'm ...
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Tracking down “missing” memory usage in linux

On an Arch 3.6.7 x86_64 kernel I am trying to account for the memory usage of the system, which the more I look at it, the more there appears to be a hole (in the accounting of used memory, a non-hole ...
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RSS(resident set size) is differ when use pmap and ps command

$ pmap -x 10400 10400: ./a.out Address Kbytes RSS Dirty Mode Mapping 0000000000400000 0 0 0 r-x-- a.out 0000000000600000 0 4 4 r---- a.out ...
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free reporting huge amount of used memory [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: real memory usage I recently got access to a machine which remains rather unoccupied. I looked up the available memory and was surprised to see that so much memory has ...
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glibc malloc() uses mmap() for small blocks of memory allocation?

I learned that on Linux the glibc’s malloc() uses mmap() for very big chunk of memories and brk() is used for small allocations. However that does not seem to be the case when I experiment the theory ...
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Does free() unmap the memory of a process?

I am running a C program on Linux 2.6.16 kernel. I do not think there are memory leaks in my program however the memory consumption for the program remains stable after certain operations and does not ...
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Why does Linux purge the memory cache when it is nearly full?

Here's what the memory graph looks like on a VPS running CentOS with 512MB of RAM and nginx/php-fpm/mysqld serving (mostly static) content to a couple thousand visitors per day. (those are days on ...
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Swap space not used

I recently installed Debian 6.0.6. Here are the machine's states: CPU - AMD XP 3000+ RAM - 1 Gig HDD - IDE 80 Gig I primarily use this machine for developing toy personal projects. When I run ...
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how to increase memory usage manually?

There is Solaris 10 OS on our server, and I would like to make test on this server. For this test memory usage should be high. So I wonder if there is an easy way to increase memory usage manually ?
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Find the PID of top CPU/MEM usage, save to a shell variable

Is there any way to get the PID of the top CPU/MEM usage, I need to use that in a script, top command doesn't seem to work for it.
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Total RAM used by a program with `ps`? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Measuring RAM usage of a program I am trying to use ps to benchmark a program, I'm just not sure which flags to use. I would like to get the amount of RAM the program ...
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Physically break into box? (Memory & disk)

I have a VPS. I might be able to encrypt my partition but I havent tried. My VPS company I believe can reset my root password although the only SSH key I see is my own. With all my data I have it ...
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How to know maximum memory usage of a process? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Measuring RAM usage of a program I have a process, which is quite short-running (about 10 minutes), but memory heavy. I want to know how much memory does the process ...
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Memory ussage for TCP or named pipe message buffers?

I have a group of programs that I was stress testing today. I drastically shot up the input load to the program and it worked at first, but I had an apparent memory leak sucking up memory. The only ...
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How to create external, filesystem, read-only entrypoint for process internal memory?

Target platform is GNU/Linux. Let's say I have: void *p I want to be create entrypoint for that internal memory in filesystem like: /tmp/my_entry_point And I'd like to be able to read that ...
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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 ...