Questions related to memory usage related to RAM, swap; issues expansion, in Ubuntu.

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What is the difference between the memory usage report in System Monitor and the one by free?

I am using System Monitor 2.28.0. When I look in the Resources tab, I see a nice graph with for memory and swap. Memory is about 60% 2.3 GiB of 3.8. When I type the command free, I got : ...
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How can I monitor the memory usage?

I have used top to see the memory usage at the moment. But I would like to monitor the memory usage over a period of time. E.g start monitoring and then execute a few commands, and final stop the ...
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How to configure ubuntu for lightweight low-memory usage?

I just upgraded an old, secondary computer to the latest Kubuntu (10.10). It seems the effort was a bit too much for the hardware and one 512MB memory module died. I tried to take it away, clean the ...
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Why is swap being used even though I have plenty of free RAM?

I thought the whole essence of swap was to act as a temporary storage safety net when RAM was full but my swap partition is constantly being used even though I sometimes have as much as 3GB free RAM. ...
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Memory limiting solutions for greedy applications that can crash OS?

I use my computer for scientific programming. It has a healthy 8GB of RAM and 12GB of swap space. Often, as my problems have gotten larger, I exceed all of the available RAM. Rather than crashing ...
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Ubuntu on 256MB RAM [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to configure ubuntu for lightweight low-memory usage? How can I reduce Ubuntu install size to the minimum, with GUI? I was wondering if I can use Ubuntu (scale down ...
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How do you find out which program is using too much memory?

Ubuntu has been crashing on me recently. I think its because it runs out of memory so I ran the free -m command and found that my memory usage was really high. So then, i ran top to find the culprit, ...
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What is process “/usr/bin/X :0 -auth /var/run/lightdm/root/:0 -nolisten tcp vt7 -novtswitch -background none”?

I am experiencing some serious performance issues with my Ubuntu 12.04 setup and thus looking for the culprit by running htop alongside my usual tasks. Aside from the usual suspects like chromium, ...
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what is the nm-applet and why does it take so much memory?

I was wondering why my memory useage was so high, what is this thing that take a whopping 1.2GB of memory. Please and thank you.
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Can I use all my RAM for application data?

I have yet another question about "where is my Linux memory" Question goes: can I use cache for application data? On my laptop I have 1GB ram. Situation after some time of work: browser takes 400MB ...
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How do I get the actual used memory including RAM disks?

free -m does not seems to include memory used by RAM disks (tmpfs filesystems). Maybe because it's something in the kernel space? How do I get the real memory usage (or it's opposite, free memory) ...
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Warning when available RAM approaches zero

This is a follow-up to Memory limiting solutions for greedy applications that can crash OS?: ulimit and cgroups are not user friendly, and besides, wouldn't work with applications that spawn separate ...
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How to lower Compiz memory usage

I have been following the updates that appear every week in how they affect the performance and resource usage of Compiz since I installed 11.10 (Right now I am in 12.10). For what I have seen, the ...
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Is there an application that can show memory usage in a similar manner to top?

I would like to leave an application running in my terminal that shows me the memory usage, similar to how top shows CPU and other info, and iotop shows the top I/O users. Does such an application ...
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How to restore/change Alt+Tab behaviour/ram usage and a few other things after Ubuntu upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10? [closed]

I use Ubuntu for programming. I recently updated it from 11.04 to 11.10. There are some things I don't like in the new version of Unity desktop interface. I don't actually know if it is hard to ...
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How to configure how much RAM usage should to start swapping on Ubuntu

I always notice that Ubuntu start using swap, as soon as the RAM usage is around 60-70%. How to configure it so it should wait so RAM usage became 80-90%. And is there a way to empty the swap, as soon ...
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Why I'm seeing 7 users, a abnormal usage of Virtual Memory, lots of stream connections and all process sleeping?

Using a Toshiba Satellite l645d s4025 amd dual core p320 2.1ghz 3gb ddr3 ram 250 gb hdd Below is the incomplete top report(don't know how to select all to copy) Using an Ubuntu 12.04 amd64 ...
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How to move packages from the live image to a pool on the disc?

Currently I'm using UCK and trying to make Edubuntu 12.04.1 DVD launch installer on 256Mb RAM: How to install Edubuntu on a system with low memory (256 Mb)? I was reading release notes for 12.10 and ...
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Reduce memory usage

I have just installed the standard default desktop configuration of Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal). My PC only has 1GB of RAM and is struggling a little. What steps can I take to reduce the memory ...
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How can I find the memory usage on my GPU?

Previously I was checking the memory usage on my GPU with the following command: nvidia-settings -q all | grep Memory I am processing some scientific data on my GPU with numpy and theano. I was ...
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Memory is taken up by “invisible” threads

Xubuntu Saucy with 4GB RAM. When the computer is restarted and immediately after login, about 500 MB of RAM is taken according to free -m. Then I run some programs and memory usage goes above 3 GM. ...
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Chrome suddenly using too much memory, what's wrong?

I just upgraded my RAM to double what it used to have and for a couple of weeks everything was running great, but now Chrome is eating all of it, I hit 90% use with only one window and <50 tabs ...
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Move WUBI installation of Ubuntu to a different partition in Windows

I don't have a lot of space on my D: drive and Ubuntu is taking 15 gigs of it so I wonder, is there a way of moving Ubuntu from D: to C: while keeping the files that exists on Ubuntu? Thanks
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Why is my /dev/loop0 showing full?

I have sufficent memory , but somehow I get my /dev/loop0 showing usage of 9 GB here's my df-h. Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/loop0 12G 10G 1.4G 88% / udev ...
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Is this Ram usage normal?

My system is Ubuntu 13.04 64 bit + Unity and it uses ~600mb with no other processes-apps open and with preload 900mb, just the core system. Is this the expected amount? It seems a bit steep to me but ...