Tue, 09 Mar 1999 15:14:39 +0000 -- Daniel Naughton <dnaugh...@mediaone.net>:
-> I have a general question about memory management - I can't figure out
-> what is using 80% of my memory when nothing is running (aside from X
-> and wmaker). I have 64 Mb RAM. When I logon, X and wmaker use about
-> 21K. After I run a few applications (netscape, gimp, etc.), even after
-> I've quit the applications, the free memory does not return to where is
-> started. I use "top" to show what's running. I've added up the column
-> for %mem used - it comes to about 40%, but 80% of the memory is consider
-> What gives? It doens't go into swap when I start new applications, so
-> should I just pay no attention to it?
Relax, you're not using Windows anymore!
There was recently a discussion about this, but...
Linux does The Right Thing (tm) by using as much of your memory as possible.
This generally makes your system seem even faster than it is, and makes sure
you use the memory you paid for. That memory is freed when you actually need
it (say, to run a program), so you don't even notice.
What good would it be if you only used all of your ram once a week?
Try running the 'free' program for a little more info.
Also note that top doesn't show all running programs (at least not on my
machine) it only has so much space.
-> Any advice would be appreciated.
-> Dan Naughton