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Zswap, Zram, Zcache desktop usage scenarios

I've been trying to understand the difference in use cases for Zswap, Zram, and Zcache. Apologies in advance for the long/slightly sloppily worded question. I've done a bunch of googling, and I ...
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kernel address space mappings with respect to virtual address space - a question based on text by Robert Love

In LKD 3rd edition, chapter 12 under Zones, Robert Love says: In particular, Linux has to deal with two shortcomings of hardware with respect to memory addressing: Some hardware devices ...
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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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Can Linux “run out of RAM”?

I saw several posts around the web of people apparently complaining about a hosted VPS unexpectedly killing processes because they used too much RAM. How is this possible? I thought all modern OS' ...
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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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swap space allocation vs swaptotal

I created a Red Hat 9 virtual machine on VMware Workstion 9 by allocated the physical memory of 256MB. See pic. When installing Linux, I created the swap partition with a size of 256MB. See ...
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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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Virtual address of Global variables in Kernel code

If my understanding is not wrong, every process has a Kernel Address space associated with it (which is typically 1GB). As far as local variables are concerned, they are assigned on the kernel stack ...
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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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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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Why is brk(0) called?

On a first shell I run the command tail with no argument. On a second shell I kill the first tail using strace to monitor the system calls. qdii@nomada ~ $ strace kill 1713 execve("/bin/kill", ...
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Linux / JVM - OutOfMemoryError: unable to create new native thread

I have a memory problem with a Linux server (CentOS). It is a VM. Below is the context. It has 70Gb of RAM. There are 2 tomcat running on it. One tomcat is given a heap of 13Gb and the other one a ...
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Where is the virtual memory stored on hard drive?

If a process wants to access a memory address that is not in physical memory, the OS outsources a page frame from physical memory to the hard drive for later use. Where on the hard drive is this data ...
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What information exactly is in the access control bits of a page table?

I'm currently learning for an exam in operating systems. This includes learning some basics about page tables, which lead me to the question Why using hierarchical page tables? which mentions that ...
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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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TLB cache flusing when a page is swapped out

I recently heard that Linux simply flushes the TLB cache when the corresponding data in that physical address is swapped out, resulting in underutilization of the TLB. I don't know whether all OSes do ...
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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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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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Misleading explanation of Virtual Memory in TLDP

I'm completely confused about explanation of virtual memory in TLDP: http://www.tldp.org/LDP/tlk/kernel/processes.html#tthFtNtAAB They say: Each individual process runs in its own virtual ...
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What does m represents in VIRT column using TOP command

When we run top command it shows all the processes information. But under VIRT column there is m written against some values what does that m represents, is it MB . If yes then why it is only showing ...
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What is contained in these addresses?

I am working on MUlti-processor record-replay feature of a virtual machine. I have a log of non-deterministic memory access done in the virtual machine by virtual CPUs. A very high proportion of these ...
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Drop_caches doesn't drop caches?

Sometimes I see my swap file is a bit bigger then usual. I tried sync && echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches to no avail. But when I tried swapoff -a it takes a bit longer but the swap file ...
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What would be a light weight, memory non-intensive distro for virtual server use?

I have come across several posts talking about light weight distros from a general context, but none of them are really hitting the nail on the head for me. Specifically, I have PHP script that I run ...
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How to debug Linux kernel panic?

I am trying to debug a kernel panic. Panic message says unable to handle kernel paging request for address 40025694. At the time of panic it was executing ldreq r10, [lr, #-4] @ get SWI instruction. ...
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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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Rationale for making user space text segment start at 0x8048000

I read somewhere that (at least since Linux v. 2.6) all user-space code is placed at load address 0x8048000 in the virtual memory address space. My own observations confirm this. I have done a cat ...
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Sudden burst in free memory

I'm experiencing some strange memory management behaviour on Squeeze with Kernel 2.6. I'm trying to get to the bottom of this with nmon. Sometimes this will freeze up the system for 30 seconds to 5 ...
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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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Memory Management: Faulting virtual addresses

I came across the following on http://tldp.org/LDP/tlk/mm/memory.html If the faulting virtual address is invalid this means that the process has attempted to access a virtual address that it ...
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NAND flash memory wear & virtual memory page swap

For a linux kernel with virtual memory and disk storage, pages are swapped back and forth into swap area. But embedded systems generally use NAND flash instead of disk. A NAND flash has a limited ...
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How much RAM can an application allocate on 64-bit x86 Linux systems?

Is it true that a single application can not allocate more than 2 GiBs even if the system has GiBs more free memory when using a 32-bit x86 PAE Linux kernel? Is this limit loosened by 64-bit x86 Linux ...
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How often is PSS value updated for a given process in /proc/pid/smaps

So if n processes are sharing a library L with size M then the contribution to their PSS is M/n. Now imagine one of the process terminates. So the contribution would be M/(n-1). Q1: My question is ...
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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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Reading virtual memory

Is it possible to read virtual memory even if /dev/kmem is not available? I know that I can recompile kernel to allow this file, but that's not the solution I'm looking for. Is there some tricky way I ...
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tmpfs and vm.swappiness

I have started tuning a bit Linux VM performance on my system (yes. I know that vm.swappiness=0 will kill kittens but I found 30-40 as much better for me as it improved my latency - probably at cost ...
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User Kernel split in 64bit Linux

What is the default user/kernel split in the 64bit linux ? I read Documentation/x86_64/mm.txt (which someone pointed out), but I could not make out. Can somebody provide a direct answer (something ...
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Solaris swap allocation with mlocked shared memory

I'm having a hard time understanding how Solaris 10 x86 swap allocations work in the presence of mlocked share memory. I wrote a small program that: Gets a 1G SHM segment (shmget) Attaches it to ...
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Setting /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches to clear cache

As part of doing some cold cache timings, I'm trying to free the OS cache. The kernel documentation says: drop_caches Writing to this will cause the kernel to drop clean caches, dentries and inodes ...
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How to set up properly zram and swap

I'm configuring & compiling new 3.0 kernel. One of the goodies I planned to use for some time (by patching) that was merged into 3.0 is zram. Is it possible to set both hdd swap and zram swap so ...
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Unable to handle kernel paging request?

[Disclaimer: I was initially a little nervous about posting this here, so I asked on Meta if discussing homebrew / modding was acceptable. Based on the response I've gotten from several veteran ...
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How is paging managed in the absence of swapping?

How is paging managed in the absence of swapping. If that is the case, how will a page fault be managed? What I meant is, if there is no availability for swapping, then how is Paging managed. I ...