Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have my server on VE MediaTemple, adn as i can see from their admin panel, my memory usage is always about is strange because the only wbesite resident on that server is on staging mode and no one can see it but me and another I'm wondering how can see which processes are sucking memory? via Webmin? any particular module you suggest can be the problem?


share|improve this question
Help! Linux ate my RAM!!! <--- Check it out, it'll clear things up for you. – EEAA Dec 15 '10 at 16:44

Firstly, webmin does not run under apache - it provides its own webserver so its entirely self-contained (and, if it was running under Apache, it'd be difficult to manage Apache itself)

The main control panel page will show you memory used, and the 'running processes' module will show you memory used by each process.

But remember - Linux uses memory for caching, so that will appear to be 'in use' when really its 'temporarily used' until you need it for something else.

share|improve this answer

I'm not sure which operating system you're using, but as you're using webmin i'm going to say Linux.

Linux allocates memory in cache/buffers and releases it when needed, therefore you'll often see the majority of the memory being used.

You can run "free -m" or "free -g" to see how much memory is available when you don't count buffers/cache. I don't know how to do this from Webmin, maybe there's an option to run console commands from it.

share|improve this answer
run commands from Webmin: – gbjbaanb Dec 15 '10 at 16:14

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.