Linux memory usage and swap files

Ian Molton spyro at
Fri Jul 9 15:02:56 PDT 2004

On Fri, 09 Jul 2004 17:12:09 -0400
Jason Gurtz <jason at> wrote:

> > 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...
> Yea, it buffers some--what I like to call a sane amount.  Basically
> the ammount of RAM used is the Active + Inactive + Wired + Free.  I
> think that doesn't include the RAM taken by the kernel Image or parts
> of the BIOS.  This is a 512MB machine.

so basically, that machine is busy 'wasting' 256MB of RAM thats sitting
there doing nothing?

buffering / not buffering isnt the issue - its paging things out that
*were* in memory thats the issue.

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