[mythtv-users] A few 0.19 and RAM questions

Michael Fox fox.michael at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 09:55:49 UTC 2006

On 2/6/06, Mark Hetherington <redcane at dodo.com.au> wrote:
> I'm not an expert on this, so this is mostly a matter of what I believe to be
> true, but perhaps is not particularly accurate.
> I think no matter how much RAM you have, linux will still use some swap. I
> think it's partly so it can have stuff already swapped out, even if it is in
> RAM as well, so it doesn't take as long to swap when needed. I'm fairly
> certain 512Mb is sufficient unless your looking at multiple encoders.

top - 20:54:22 up 7 days, 23:10,  3 users,  load average: 2.38, 2.17, 2.04
Tasks: 122 total,   5 running, 117 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
Cpu(s):  1.3% us,  6.7% sy, 90.3% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  1.7% si
Mem:   1296740k total,  1273420k used,    23320k free,     2388k buffers
Swap:  1301256k total,    87264k used,  1213992k free,   938236k cached

That's my top output and as you can see the system is using a little
bit of swap.. even though I have some free ram.

I'd have agree with the statement above about linux will always use a
little bit of swap.

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