How can i view the kernel's share of memory on a machine? How can I increase it? What should I consider before doing it?

  • Please clarify what you mean by "the kernel's share".
    – mattdm
    Mar 9, 2011 at 12:59
  • Your question makes no sense: the kernel takes whatever memory it needs, no more, no less. Is there a specific feature you're trying to tune? (There are settings you can tune, but the defaults are right in >99.99% of use cases.) Mar 9, 2011 at 20:36

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Memory for what?

You can adjust kernel parameters in /etc/sysctl.conf

try running

sysctl -a | egrep -i "(vm|page|mem|shm)"

for some example kernel memory-related parameters

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