FreeBSD's method of displaying ram usage in top

Julien Gabel jg at
Mon May 19 15:10:50 PDT 2003

> Now on a FreeBSD box with a much smaller traffic load and much faster
> hardware (which should thus have more RAM free) I get this response
> under top:
> Mem: 191M Active, 583M Inact, 191M Wired, 31M Cache, 112M Buf, 5952K
> Free
> Now what  does the FreeBSD version of top mean by inactive memory? This
> has

For a good introduction and explaination of the different information given
by top(1), you can look at ""
from M.W. Lucas.


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