Memory Problem? LEAK?

Kris Kennaway kris at
Thu Jul 14 01:06:57 GMT 2005

On Wed, Jul 13, 2005 at 05:33:56PM -0700, Sean Murphy wrote:
> FreeBSD 5.4 Release
> Kernel is generic with SMP and Quotas
> I was monitoring the system while running make and i noticed that the 
> Free Memory would slowly tick down while make is running I figured that 
> was normal.  However when it was finished it did not return the Memory 
> to Free Status.
> It must reclaim some RAM because It never touches the swap when I launch 
> a program.  This is a sever not in production yet it has no user base 
> and no load so I don't see a reason for this.
> here is an output from w
> 5:29PM  up 1 day,  7:49, 2 users, load averages: 0.01, 0.03, 0.00
> I am curious why FreeBSD does not free the Inactive RAM?  Is this 
> Normal?  If so does it ever reclaim the RAM?

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