freebsd 6 - amount of total visible memory is decreasing constantly

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Sat Jan 7 18:03:13 PST 2006

Ilya E Veretenkin wrote:
> Problem: Total amount of visible memory is decreasing constantly
[ ... ]
> As you can see, memory which was visible using top utility decreased
> from 3224 to 3195 Megabytes in less than 2 hours. And this process
> will continue to the point, where swapping begins.
> Server during this monitoring was running MySql4 + Apache1.3 under heavy
> load.
> How to get rid of such memory loss? And what is the reason of such
> memory loss?

Pay attention to "sysctl kern.malloc" or "sysctl" periodicly, and see 
whether some part of the kernel is leaking memory.


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