memory leak

Vann H. Walke walkev at
Wed Dec 18 05:08:49 PST 2002

I agree that this seems like the most likely source of your problem. 
Unfortunately with the current Linux kernels obtaining clear memory
usage information is difficult.  The only way I know to really test
memory usage is to write a simple program that attempts to malloc large
areas of memory - If the malloc succeeds, the memory wasn't really being
used.  If you read back through the archives you should find some other
messages relating to the problem and perhaps even some test code.

Good luck,

On Wed, 2002-12-18 at 05:44, John Hearns wrote:
> Brian, please forgive me if I am insulting your intelligence.
> But are you sure that you are not just noticing the disk
> buffering behaviour of Linux?
> The Linux kernel will use up spare memory as disk buffers -
> leading an (apparently) lack of free memory.
> This is not really the case - as the memory will be released
> again when needed.
> (Ahem. Was caught out by this too the first time I saw it...)
> Anyway, if this isn't the problem, maybe you could send
> us some of the stats from your system?
> Maybe use nfsstat?
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