Finding memory hogs on RH9

Posted on 2004-08-26
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
Hi All,

I've got a RH9 box with 1Gb RAM. It seems as I give the box more RAM the more is getting used up. This may well be OK, but I'd like to find out what processes / applications are using all my RAM. How can I find this info on RH9?

Question by:jnbkze
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ID: 11901521
hi in a terminal type

ps -aux | more

that will list all procsses

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ID: 11902623
shows memory mem & cpu usage
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ID: 11906486
you can use the following:

ps -aux
which Jase-Coder showed you you can also use:

which will show you the loading adverage like:
21:16:20 up  3:55,  3 users,  load average: 1.21, 1.32, 1.35

you can also do:

which will also give the same info as above

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ID: 11906519
It is perfectly normal for a Linux system to use up all memory. Any memory not used for a purpose will be used for disk-caching (specifically read ahead) and buffers. So, yes, the more memory you give Linux the more it "needs".

However when the memory is needed for other purposes than caching it is reassigned.

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HollyRidge earned 150 total points
ID: 12044741
Use top and sort by memory usage. :) That can be done by opening top through ssh or console and once it is open hit shift+m (capital M). The capital M will sort top my memory usage. :)

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