Lately, while browsing, I often get that the computer comes to a crawl. At the same time I notice memory consumptions of close to 90% by programs/ 10% as cache as indicated by the System Monitor applet in my panel.
Trying to find out which program is slowing down my computer I issue the
top command in the terminal, but adding the numbers in the MEM% column there doesn't even come close to 20%.
- What is the cause of this discrepancy?
- What is the correct way to do I find out which program is consuming exessive amounts of memory?
I don't know if this is helpfull information, but for reference, the output of
free -m is:
total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 2993 2935 57 0 3 369 -/+ buffers/cache: 2563 429 Swap: 5809 1514 4295