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Old 10-26-2010, 05:49 AM
Iain Buchanan
Default swap usage creeping up


over the last week or so I've noticed unusually large swap usage. I
usually hibernate this laptop and have uptimes up to 12 days so apps can
run for a long time. I don't usually use any swap space (except for a
few k).

If I swapoff and swapon, the usage falls back to zero but then creeps up
again over a few days.

$ free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 3040 859 2181 0 38 415
-/+ buffers/cache: 406 2634
Swap: 494 431 62

nothing unusual there, except for the swap usage itself. 'top' doesn't
show any large apps. sorted by mem the top 4 are:
8318 iain 20 0 494m 150m 21m S 0 5.0 1:20.67 evolution
20424 iain 20 0 342m 77m 30m S 0 2.5 0:01.84 firefox
8009 root 20 0 83364 37m 6260 S 7 1.2 38:34.31 X
8090 iain 20 0 159m 32m 1600 S 1 1.1 3:48.08 skype

Hm, I just noticed Mem is in %. % of what? % total or % used? Even if
it was % of total RAM that could be as much as 152Mb for evo and 76Mb
for firefox. Not that much really.

any ideas?

Iain Buchanan <iaindb at netspace dot net dot au>

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