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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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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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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 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++....
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Actual memory usage of a process

The following are the memory usage of mysql and apache respectively on my server. As per the output of pmap say, mysql is using about 379M and apache is using 277M. [root@server ~]# pmap 10436 | ...
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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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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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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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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 does it mean that a page fault may or may not involve auxillary storage access in making that page available

From manpage of top nMaj -- Major Page Fault Count The number of major page faults that have occurred for a task. A page fault occurs when a process attempts to read from or ...
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Understanding shared objects in virtual memory, in the output of top

In the output of top, does SHR for a process consist of only the following parts all the shared objects in RAM, e.g. shared libraries and shared data in RAM, shared between the process and any ...