Linux memory usage and swap files

Ian Molton spyro at
Thu Jul 8 09:40:26 PDT 2004

On Thu, 08 Jul 2004 15:22:50 +0100
Gareth Westwood <gareth at> wrote:

> Is there a way to initiate a clear out of memory/swap? I got 512 mb in
> this box and it is nearly always round the top 90% mark. I can't
> believe that it's all still in use.

Im not clear what you want to do?

Are you complaining that the kernel is allocating nearly all your RAM,
or nearly all your swap?

In either case, try to remember that the kernel generally doesnt bother
freeing stuff unless it has to.

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