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Re: Gradual Increase in memory usage

At 09:13 2/4/2004, you wrote:
I am not sure if this is a problem with the kernel or due to the nature of
the programs I am running....
From a fresh boot, memory usage averages around the 170 MB  and as time
passes it gradually increases to grab nearly all the available RAM (500MB)

This is a FAQ.

In short: it is not a bad thing. Linux sees free memory, and rather than wasting idle resources uses it as disk cache and for buffers. So while the memory is being used, it is not /in use/ as far as your interpretation of the above. It will be released to applications if/when you need it at a moment's notice.

Type the command "free" and read it carefully, especially the second line which shows the effect of subtracting the cache/buffers. I'm sure you'll find that you are actually using only what you thought.

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