interpreting memory usage

Karl Hegbloom hegbloom at
Fri Jun 10 00:12:35 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-06-09 at 19:11 +0100, R Kimber wrote:
> Maybe there's a case for a version of free that has
> clearer output for non-experts.  Or a more explanatory man page.

Try:  free -m   ... for slightly more readable output.  It prints in
megabytes rather than in bytes.

The gnome "system monitor" provides interesting information as well.
Also try "top", and "ps wwwauxf | less", or in XEmacs, M-x ps.

Karl Hegbloom <hegbloom at>

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