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dvw86


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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2005, 23:46    Post subject:  torsmo configuration question  

I was wondering what exactly this line means in the torsmo configuration file?
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# Subtract file system buffers from used memory?

And why is it set to "yes" by default? It sure makes a differance as to how much RAM it reports as being free.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2005, 23:57    Post subject:  

To use memory efficiently Linux reserves memory buffers and cached memory. This is, it reserves memory ahead of time so it's ready when you need it. (e.g. your most used application or the data you are working with)

You can see that if you execute 'top' from the command line or "Start | Control panel | Top view running processes".

On the top left It says that it's using almost all the memory, even when you know that you don't have any apps running. On the same line you will see how much is reserved for buffers and cached memory.

If you subtract the memory buffers in torsmo, you get a real picture of how much available RAM you have.
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dvw86


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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2005, 02:17    Post subject:  

Thanks for the detailed reply. That makes sense.
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