memory being used?

Smoot Carl-Mitchell smoot at
Mon Sep 5 22:44:38 UTC 2011

On Mon, 2011-09-05 at 13:42 -0500, Jordon Bedwell wrote:

> That still doesn't solve the issue of your swap being utilised, if
> this is a server then at some point you did OOM and start moving to
> swap and it did calm down so you do still have an issue that needs
> to be addressed but you won't see it right now most likely so it's
> time to do some log analysis.

It is normal for swap to be utilized.  Infrequently used pages will be
swapped out in preference to pages used more frequently.  Try doing
some heavy I/O where you want the cache to grow.  If the paging system
cannot find enough free pages, it will page out less frequently used pages.

BTW, an OOM condition is not triggered until there is no swap space

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