misc questions / comments / rambelings
peterjeremy at optushome.com.au
Tue Jun 1 02:05:57 PDT 2004
On Sun, May 30, 2004 at 08:49:55AM -0700, asfdqwer xzcvdsf wrote:
>Now that I have current running I've noticed
>that the OS is using much more memory, it seemed
>like there was always 1700Mb free now its
>always around 700Mb. I'm guessing here but
>the machine seems to be caching more aggresivly,
>which I think is good, right?
IMHO, 'free memory' is not a particularly useful measure on any
modern Un*x. As long as you're above the "serious memory shortage"
level (a few MB), the actual number is not particularly useful.
Of more interest would be how the kernel is actually using memory.
This is reported by things like 'systat -v', 'netstat -m' and 'vmstat -m'.
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