[PlanetCCRMA] memory usage normal?

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano nando@ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Fri Mar 24 13:37:01 2006

On Fri, 2006-03-24 at 20:28 +0000, karlos wrote:
> a question on memory usage. this is the usage of memory once I have
> started fluxbox and run a few apps like emacs and firefox. I am aware
> that these do consume some memory, but I wonder why it is almost all
> that is used. Is there a good way how to find out which apps use how
> much? 
> [circle@RockHead]~% free -m                            
>                    total       used       free     shared    buffers
> cached
> Mem:           500        493          7          0        101
> 120 
> -/+ buffers/cache:        272        228
> Swap:          494          0        494
> the used memory just after starting only fluxbox is around 30% of the
> computers total memory.

Linux tries to use _all_ memory all the time. Looks like 272 is being
used for buffers and cache, AFAIK that is resized dynamically as apps
need more memory, and/or things that are not being used go to swap. So,
in short, it is normal to have all memory in use. 

-- Fernando