ram and swap memory question
greg at romuald.net.eu.org
Sun Nov 10 22:28:32 EST 2002
Below is a portion of output from top(1), which will explain my following question.
70 processes: 68 sleeping, 2 running, 0 zombie, 0 stopped
CPU states: 20.0% user, 80.0% system, 0.0% nice, 0.0% idle
Mem: 256268K av, 196460K used, 59808K free, 0K shrd, 9112K buff
Swap: 377436K av, 8452K used, 368984K free 80376K cached
If I have 59 megs of ram free, then could someone please explain why 8 megs of swap are being used? I thought the system didn't start using swap until it ran out of ram.
Thanks in advance.
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