Linux memory usage and swap files
jason at tommyk.com
Thu Jul 8 10:00:32 PDT 2004
On 7/8/2004 10:22, Gareth Westwood 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.
The easiest way to clear swap is to: swapoff && swap on /dev/...
The reason why all your RAM is in use is because the ivory tower says
that any unused RAM is wasted RAM. Most of it is probably a cache of
bits of your file system. See the link in my previous post for more
If you don't like that policy then perhaps you might consider FreeBSD or
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