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Date:      Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:32:09 +0100
From:      Matthias Apitz <>
Subject:   restore(8) && used memory not freed-up
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I was restoring some files which I removed while updating from KDE3 to
KDE4 and encountered the following interesting problem:

# mount -o ro /dev/da1s1a /mnt
# cd /tmp
# restore -x -f /mnt/Tiny/dumpsTiny-20131025/usrLocal.dmp ./guru/.kde/share/apps/knode

after the restore was finished(!) the memory in top was shown as:

Mem: 535M Active, 1136M Inact, 270M Wired, 28M Cache, 90M Buf, 14M Free

only the unmount of the device freed-up the memory:

# umount /mnt

Mem: 535M Active, 46M Inact, 192M Wired, 8104K Cache, 90M Buf, 1203M Free

Why is the memory reserved by the system (10-CURRENT, i386)?

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