understanding virtual memory

Michael P. Soulier msoulier at digitaltorque.ca
Fri Jan 20 18:09:49 PST 2006

[msoulier at kanga ~]$ sysctl -a | grep Memory
Virtual Memory:         (Total: 724K, Active 545156K)
Real Memory:            (Total: 232508K Active 124272K)
Shared Virtual Memory:  (Total: 24684K Active: 11880K)
Shared Real Memory:     (Total: 12124K Active: 6756K)
Free Memory Pages:      14852K

How can I have 724K of virtual memory with 545156K active? Am I reading this


Michael P. Soulier <msoulier at digitaltorque.ca>
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a
touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
--Albert Einstein
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