Inact v. Free Memory
bushous2 at msu.edu
Thu Apr 8 05:33:34 PDT 2004
I have a quick question regarding the differences between Inactive and
Context: I'm running 4.9 stable as a desktop machine. Right after a
fresh reboot most of the system memory shows up as Free (using top).
Then, after a few hours of work... running X, web browsers, and the
like, most appears in Inact.
My question is... after I shut down all programs, ctrl alt backspace X,
and get back to a terminal, why does top still show all the memory just
freed by my desktop programs as inactive?
Please see my attached top_output.txt. You'll notice that after adding
up all the memory in the programs that are still running, the total
doesn't come close to reaching 308M Inact.
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