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I'm running OpenSuse 11 on an HP proliant server with 8G of RAM, occasionally the gnome desktop [whatever is current version]

After a while it will just run out of RAM, there will be like 6 or 700k left available and all the running services don't account for what's missing. If I shut down services in order of physical memory used I still don't find that missing ram till I reboot....

It's a development server - so I can knock it around a bit... but it's kinda irritating having to reboot it periodically...

Anyway - here are the main [important] services in order of :

coldfusion 9 [java] Mysql 5 Apache 2

Postfix samba fetchmail

Gome - occasionally

I was wondering if there were any known issues with suse or any of the services that can cause sucha severe memory issue - generally all those services running should not add up to more than 2G.

Here's what I get after a reboot:

suse:~ # free
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:       8192796    1661360    6531436          0      45444    1164404
-/+ buffers/cache:     451512    7741284
Swap:      8384508          0    8384508

the memory problems seem to start only after running Gnome.....

-thanks -sean

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What does free look like while it's bad? What does top (press M to sort by memory usage) look like then? –  DerfK Apr 7 '11 at 15:56

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Do you have actual memory problems and start hitting the swap, or is just the free memory as reported by free that get's low? In the second case, please read http://www.linuxatemyram.com/

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thanks - this looks to be what may be happening, something new to me since I havn't had to install a new linux dist in years and years [they just keep running] - I'll have to check on the swap usage in a day or two and see where we ar at.. –  Sean Kimball Apr 7 '11 at 20:44

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