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 do I read from /proc/$pid/mem under Linux?

The Linux proc(5) man page tells me that /proc/$pid/mem “can be used to access the pages of a process's memory”. But a straightforward attempt to use it only gives me $ cat /proc/$$/mem ...
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Limit memory usage for a single Linux process

I'm running pdftoppm to convert a user-provided PDF into a 300DPI image. This works great, except if the user provides an PDF with a very large page size. pdftoppm will allocate enough memory to ...
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real memory usage

if I understand correctly, in the following output produced by free, 3535m is the actual free memory available to applications, only 413m is used, is this correct? need some clarification on the ...
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Correctly determining memory usage in Linux

I'm a bit confused on some of the results I am seeing from ps and free. On my server, this is the result of free -m [root@server ~]# free -m total used free shared ...
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Measuring RAM usage of a program

time is a brilliant command if you want to figure out how much CPU time a given command takes. I am looking for something similar that can measure the max RAM usage of the program and any children. ...
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How to re-load all running applications from swap space into RAM?

If my desktop run out of memory and swaps a lot then I free or kill the application wasting my RAM. But, after that, all my desktop/applications have been swapped and are horribly slow, do you know a ...
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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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How to create a user with limited RAM usage?

So I have 4 GB RAM + 4GB swap. I want to create a user with limited ram and swap: 3 GB RAM and 1 GB swap. Is such thing possible? Is it possible to start applications with limited RAM and swap ...
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How OOM killer decides which process to kill first?

This answer explains the actions taken by the kernel when an OOM situation is encountered based on the value of sysctl vm.overcommit_memory. When overcommit_memory is set to 0 or 1, overcommit is ...
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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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On system memory… specifically the difference between `tmpfs,` `shm,` and `hugepages…`

I've been curious lately about the various Linux kernel memory based filesystems. Note: As far as I'm concerned, the questions below should be considered more or less optional when compared with a ...
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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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`free`: output format

I use free to get the amount of free space on some of my servers. Its output is something like: $ free -m total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 374 ...
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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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What does the vm.swappiness parameter really control?

Per the kernel documentation: This control is used to define how aggressive the kernel will swap memory pages. Higher values will increase aggressiveness, lower values decrease the amount of swap. ...
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Is there a tool that allows logging of memory usage?

I want to monitor memory usage of a process, and I want this data to be logged. Does such a tool exist?
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Do I need swap space if I have more than enough amount of RAM?

From what I understand, the purpose of a swap partition in Linux is to free up some "not as frequently accessed" information from RAM and move it to a specific partition on your harddrive (at the cost ...
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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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Shared library mappings in /proc/pid/maps

Why does /proc/pid/maps contain a few records for the same library ? Here is an example: 7fae7db9f000-7fae7dc8f000 r-xp 00000000 08:05 536861 ...
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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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Tracking huge buffer usage under Linux

I have a Linux server running under Debian Lenny with 4Go of RAM. It doesn't run much, just: Postfix/spamassassin (daemon mode) Bind9 KVM (one guest - 1Go of RAM for it) Every day at exactly 3:05 ...
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What are high memory and low memory on Linux?

I'm interested in the difference between Highmem and Lowmem: Why is there such a differentiation? What do we gain by doing so? What features does each have?
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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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How to display `top` results sorted by memory usage in real time?

How can I display the top results in my terminal in real time so that the list is sorted by memory usage?
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How to Determine the Amount of RAM Slots In Use?

I forgot how many RAM modules are installed on my laptop. I do not want to unscrew it but want to look it up on the console using bash. How do I gather this information?
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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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Is there a way to limit the amount of memory a particular process can use in Unix? [duplicate]

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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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 can I test the RAM for data corruption on an ARM-based system?

I have an embedded device. It is ARM based, with Linux 2.6.31 and has 256 MB RAM. I wanted to get some ideas/tips on what is the most effective way to test the device RAM for data corruptions. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I identify my RAM without shutting down linux?

I'd like to price some new RAM for our in-house VMware testing server. (It's a consumer box we use for testing our software on and running business VMs). I've forgotten what kind of RAM it has and I'd ...
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Mathematical connection between SZ RSS and VSZ in ps o/p?

I wanted to know what mathematical connection is there between the SZ, RSS and VSZ output in ps output e.g. ps -p 2363 -o sz,rss,vsz
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How can I force bash to deallocate a brace expanded variable without name?

For benchmarking, I ran the command: for i in {1..100000000}; do echo "$i" line >> file done Bash expanded the braces and stored the list 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 100000000 in memory. I thought ...
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Human readable system memory reading crom CLI?

On OS X, I get a nice human readable system memory reading like so: printf -v system_memory \ "$(system_profiler SPHardwareDataType \ | awk -F ': ' '/^ +Memory: /{print $2}')" ...
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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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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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How can I get the amount of available memory portably across distributions?

The standard files/tools that report memory seem to have different formats on different Linux distributions. For example, on Arch and Ubuntu. Arch $ free total used free ...
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What happens after a page fault?

When a page fault occurs in a Linux system, the interrupt-handler has to figure out the reason why the page fault happened. But how ? Is there anywhere a special number for that !? If yes, where is ...
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Generate major page faults

Is it possible to generate major page faults in the linux kernel at will? Can a program be written such that it is guaranteed to cause a major page fault on it's execution.
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Does /proc/[pid]/status always use kB?

Particularly, does proc always list the VmRSS value in kB? I can't find a solid answer on the documentation, although it appears that it sticks to one unit.
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Restricting memory area for linux kernel

I am running ltib Linux on P1022RDK (P1022 Core) platform. I have 512 MB = 0x20000000 memory. I want my Linux kernel to use the second half of the board memory (i.e from 256 MB to 512 MB) and want the ...
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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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RAM usage doesn't add up? (Free+used < total)

Lately I've been noticing that my monitoring script which reads from /proc/meminfo and /proc/<pid> has been showing odd readings, where several hundred MB seem to be missing. htop is showing the ...
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How to find which processes are taking all the memory?

I'm looking for somthing like top is to CPU usage. Is there a command line argument for top that does this? Currently, my memory is so full that even 'man top' fails with out of memory :)
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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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How to limit the total resources (memory) of a process and its children

There are plenty of questions and answers about constraining the resources of a single process, e.g. RLIMIT_AS can be used to constrain the maximum memory allocated by a process that can be seen as ...
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Suspend/resume single process to/from disk

On occasion, we would like to suspend memory-intensive processes on our Ubuntu and OS X servers to temporarily free up some RAM for other jobs. If all we were worried about was CPU usage, a simple ...