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Date:      Thu, 16 Mar 1995 16:12:33 -0800
From:      David Greenman <davidg@Root.COM>
To:        brian@mediacity.com (Brian Litzinger)
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   Re: My free memory is shrinking away 
Message-ID:  <199503170012.QAA00388@corbin.Root.COM>
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Thu, 16 Mar 95 15:58:05 PST." <m0rpPQb-000rbvC@easynet.com> 

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>I just ftp'd xperfmon++ from ftp.cdrom.com. Kudos to the person who ported
>it.
>
>While I've been sitting here running it on an idle machine, the Free Memory
>field has been slowly marching down from 800 to 452 at a regular rate.
>
>Is this the expected behavior or do I have a memory leak somewhere?
>
>The network is active, hey is the Free Memory field just turned yellow.
>
>I'm running SNAP 021095.
>
>The machine is idle other than seeing network traffic not destined for it.

   There are two classes of 'free' memory..."cached pages" - which are clean
pages, not mapped into any process that are primarily intended to cache file
data, and free pages which contain nothing. I suspect that xperfmon isn't
reporting 'cached' pages.

-DG



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