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high cahce memory usage

Posted on 2003-11-11
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Hi all.,

i have a issue in manging cahce memory utilisation on my redhat linux 8.0 .the server have the following software installed in it
apache 2.0.47
tomcat 4.1.27
mod_jk2 connector(ajp13)
mysql 4.0.13
kernel 2.4.20-20.8smp

server hardware

dual xeon processor /2 gb ram / 72 GB SCSI HDD
after the fresh reboot of the system free memory will 1.7 gb buffer usage 45mb, cache 80mb
and other systm process using the remaining memory. but if we running the server for two to three days , the cache memory usage will be around 1.6 gb , remaing is occupied by the java,apache, mysql .now the server showing only the 12 mb free space.

i dont know why the cahce memory usage is very high, and i know that , after certain period of system run , it should be freed by the OS.is there any problem in linux kernel, any measures to be taken to control over the cahe memory usgae. Or is there any tunning to be done in the server.


please give reply to the following mail ID: ralagar_raja@hotmail.com
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It doesn't sound to me like anything is wrong. The kernel will tend to allocate/deallocate cache based on the amount of free memory and the demands being placed on memory. For performance the kernel will try to use as much cache as possible. So it will allocate most of the free memory to cache. When other applications need memory some of the cache will be deallocated.
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hi .,

thanks for your response. i read some documents also .i understood the memory handling of linux OS.

thanks.
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Hi.

Please close this post .

Regards.,
Raja
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