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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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 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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`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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How to limit resource usage to save CPU+RAM for a certain process?

I have a dev server on which sshd sometimes stops working because the machine runs out of RAM. Yes we are running low on memory and upgrading is not a feasible choice right now. What I want to do is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to limit the amount of memory a particular process can use in Unix?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does my system show only 3.2 GiB of RAM when I definitely have 4.0 GiB

I have 2x2 GiB sticks of RAM installed. Running memtest86 from the grub boot menu confirms this.. memtest86 reports no errors. However every which way I check my available memory in a running ...
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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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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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Why does Linux show both more and less memory than I physically have installed?

I know about swap - this question isn't about that. In dmesg, the Linux (x86-64) kernel tells me this about how much memory I have: [ 0.000000] Memory: 3890880k/4915200k available (6073k kernel ...
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Unpredictable memory explosions

The main server at my company has recently been having a lot of downtime. For reasons that neither I nor the other admins can determine, it has random (VERY sudden) explosions in memory. It becomes ...
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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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/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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Mathematical connection between SZ RSS and VSZ in ps o/p?

I wanted to know what mathematical connection is there between the SZ, RSZ and VSZ output in ps output e.g. ps -p 2363 -o sz,rss,vsz
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Is there any method to mount a block of memory as a filesystem in linux?

I have a question,in linux, is there any method to mount a block of memory as a filesystem? For example, in X86 architecture, when power on, I reserve a block of memory about 8 Mbytes, and then when ...
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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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What governs the limits of shell brace expansion?

In this example I refer to the expansion of a sequence of integers, but perhaps(?) the limits would be relevant to all aspects of brace expansion.. This more general view is also of interest to me. ...
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An oom killer thats baffling me

I am not able to understand why would kernel issue this oom killer when I see enough memory is available: Also why are there so many kernel cache pages allocated? I say enough memory is available ...
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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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ZONE_NORMAL and it's association with Kernel/User-pages?

Above is presented a case where I have only 512 MB of physical memory. What I have read up so far, is that ZONE_NORMAL is mapped to the kernel virtual address space as shown. Essentially I have a ...
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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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What is the buffers column in the output from free?

These questions briefly list the format of the free command, noting that buffers is kernel memory that must be written out to disk and cache is file data that does not need to be written disk. On my ...
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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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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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Xvfb does not release memory

We want to create screenshots of websites for our software, and we are doing this by using CutyCapt with Xvfb. Unfortunatly every time CutyCapt takes a screenshot, the memory of Xvfb increases .. ...
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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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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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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 ...