Memory Mangement Problem in 5.1-RELEASE

Daniel C. Sobral dcs at
Fri Jul 25 10:10:48 PDT 2003

Ahmed Al-Hindawi wrote:
> This is not the problem. We know what is the purpose of swap data. It is 
> swaping when there is more than suffiecient memory to do so. There is 
> disk activity on the swap disk (I have a seperate disk for faster 
> access) even when there is enough memory to suit my request and more.
> It is simply swapping when it shouldn't.
> Opening Mozilla, Opera, Netscape, DrJava, jEdit, Emacs, PrBoom, 
> XBubbles, and Nautilus at the same time on a 233Mhz machine should fill 
> up the memory (160Mb) but instead it has decided to use the swap disk 
> for a measly 50Mb which I do have in RAM!!

You *ARE* measuring this with FreeBSD's top(1), right? Linux has 
different semantics for memory, so things it thinks are "free" are 
actually in use on FreeBSD, and most monitor programs are written with 
Linux semantics in mind.

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