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# 1  
Old 06-02-2002
Eating memory

Hello

I run Gentoo Linux on my computer:

Athlon XP 1700+ ~1,46 mhz
512 mb ram

After a while, my computer works really slow, and when I cat /proc/meminfo, I see that I only have 8mb of 512 mb free!

How is that possible?

I dont run anything I can think of that eats that amount of memory..

What can I do?

//Maestin
# 2  
Old 06-03-2002
i do beileve during your installation of unix you have a partition called swap space. What is the size of the swap space?
# 3  
Old 06-05-2002
about 500mb
# 4  
Old 06-05-2002
I'm very possibly wrong, but I believe that Linux systems will consume as much memory as possible...

I mean that to say that if you have 512mb of physical memory, why should it try to only use a given amount of it? It should cache whatever it can, since memory is faster than disk.

When your system starts feeling sluggish, try running the "top" command to see what process is doing what...
Keep an eye on Load Average, Memfree and CPU free...
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Old 06-06-2002
Ah, thanks for the replies Smilie
 

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