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Re: memory hog

To: James McD <>
Subject: Re: memory hog
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 12:47:06 +0100
In-reply-to: <>; from on Fri, Dec 15, 2000 at 04:10:56PM +0000
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On Fri, Dec 15, 2000 at 04:10:56PM +0000, James McD wrote:

> I have an SGI INDY r4600 133 with 64 megs of ram and a 1 gig drive. I have 
> simple linux and the 2.4test9 kernel running on it. Thank you for the advice 
> on getting it booting from the hard drive btw Guido!
>    Here is my dilema. It has nothing running other than standard services 
> ie. login, networking. No web server, none of the goodies yet, and I am 
> consuming 60 out of my 64 megs of available ram. I do not even have X 
> installed yet. I know 64 megs isnt alot, but it seems to be quite a high 
> consumption for no services being run. Please let me know if anybody knows 
> if an SGI handles memory differently, or if I should just get more and quit 
> whining.

That's a classic one - Linux uses most of it's `free' memory as disk cache,
so it doesn't show up as `free' in the free output.


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