Inactive memory

Pat Maddox pergesu at
Tue Feb 8 13:33:18 PST 2005

I've always got a lot of inactive memory on my machine, around 520MB
or so.  While doing a portupgrade, the free memory dropped to around
13MB.  I'm just curious what exactly the inactive memory is.  Will the
OS use the inactive memory before dipping into swap?  Or is that
memory off limits now?  If so, is there any way to free it up?  I've
got 1GB total on the machine.

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