intr using Swap

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at
Wed Feb 17 23:07:56 UTC 2016

On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 6:01 PM, hiren panchasara <
hiren at> wrote:

> Yes, I've seen this too. Inact end up accumulating a very large chunk of
> memory leaving Free to very low.
> What VM/pagedaemon seems to care about is Free+Cache and not just Free.
> I kind of get that Free mem is wasted mem but putting everything in Inact
> to the point that machine has to go into swap when a sudden need arises
> also doesn't seem right.

If the file cache is "hot" but some working storage that was used at boot
and will never be touched again is lying around (or, perhaps, that getty
listening on a virtual console you never use), it makes perfect sense to
push that out to swap.

"Swap in use" does not mean "memory management problems".

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