Memory Usage Stats

Sabeeh Baig baigsabeeh at
Thu Aug 21 18:05:53 UTC 2008

I've been noticing never-before-seen highs in memory usage, since the
last time I rebuilt world a bout a week ago.  I have 2GB of memory and
2GB of swap space.  According to top, a little over 1GB of memory is
active, 70MB free, 300MB wired, and the rest inactive.  I also have
59MB of swap used.  If I close an application, the amount of active
memory never decreases and the other stats don't change either.  The
active figure can't be right even now, as I only have Xfce, Xorg,
screen, two zsh session, slurm, irssi, pidgin, mpd, ncmpc, and irssi
running.  That's usually my normal session and usage has been better
before I recompiled.  Is it possible that top is displaying the wrong
stats?  Is there any other utility I could try?  I've tried ps auxm,
but that's not exactly what I'm looking for.

"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a
genius to understand the simplicity."

Sabeeh Ahmed Baig

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