Is it possible to see memory over 3GB on 32-bit FreeBSD?

Bill Moran wmoran at
Wed Feb 17 20:02:21 UTC 2010

In response to Yuri <yuri at>:

> I know that 32-bot Linux can see something like 3.6GB.
> Is this possible on FreeBSD?
> I see this message in system log:
> real memory  = 6442450944 (6144 MB)
> avail memory = 3123482624 (2978 MB)

Most systems usually see about 3.5G ... don't know why FreeBSD would see
less than that.

amd64 is the way to go.  If you _must_ stick with i386, you can try PAE
in your kernel, but I don't know if that's even supported any more.

Bill Moran

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