Strange networking behaviour (memory leak?)

Adam blueeskimo at
Tue Apr 22 20:42:14 PDT 2003

On Tue, 2003-04-22 at 08:32, Bill Moran wrote:
> Yes and yes.
> I assume that you're looking at the output of top while you're doing this.

You are right. I was sitting at the other computer initiating the
transfers, while watching top on this console. All I noticed as the
'free' RAM dropping like crazy.

> FreeBSD is pretty smart about memory.  In the top display you see active,
> inactive, cache, buffer, wired, and free memory.  The memory that's actually
> free is really the sum of inactive, buffer, cache, and free.  The free
> memory is free immediately, those other three can become free with very,
> very little effort on the part of the kernel, but if you call up the same
> application again and it's still in inactive memory, it'll start up quicker
> than if it has to reload it from disk.
> Free memory is wasted memory.

Wow, thanks for the clarifications (and education). I actually very glad
you explained this to me. You'll have to excuse my ignorance on some
topics; my lack of experience is sometimes glaringly obvious.

Thanks again,
Adam <blueeskimo at>
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