Linux memory usage and swap files

Ian Molton spyro at
Fri Jul 9 12:18:18 PDT 2004

On Fri, 09 Jul 2004 14:36:54 -0400
Jason Gurtz <jason at> wrote:

> Are you really seeing the Linux like behavior of allocating every last
> drop of RAM for a file system cache on a FreeBSD box?  On my venerable
> 4.5-RELEASE (about 2.5 years old) box, top reports:
> Mem: 8580K Active, 169M Inact, 67M Wired, 8K Cache, 61M Buf, 256M Free

How much total? Im not familiar with the way FreeBSD allocates RAM but theres a good 61M of buffers there by the look of it...

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