BSD equivalent of Linux's free(1)?

RW rwmaillists at
Wed Aug 18 17:41:57 UTC 2010

On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:18:58 -0400
Aleksandr Miroslav <alexmiroslav at> wrote:

> hello,
> I am looking for something on BSD that will give me the same info as
> free(1) in Linux. i.e. I would like to know the state of
> total/used/free memory and swap.
> I know there are a number of utilities in ports that will let me do
> this, I am however looking for something in the base system (if such a
> utility exists).
> I also know that top(1) gives this info, and I could certainly use
> that, I just wanted the nearest BSD sibling of free(1).)

Is there any particular reason you want to know? Free memory isn't a
very meaningful concept in FreeBSD.  

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