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Is it true when talking about values in /proc/meminfo file?

[Memory used by applications] = MemTotal - (MemFree + Buffers + Cached + SwapCached)

  • What is /etc/meminfo? Are you sure you aren't talking about /proc/meminfo? – Zoredache Oct 26 '12 at 19:43
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Yes, what you are saying is essentially correct. That is one rough way to get the memory used by applications.

The formula holds true, nonetheless.

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A great article breaking down meminfo can be found on RedHat's site here

For the record:

MemTotal: Total usable ram (i.e. physical ram minus a few reserved bits and the kernel binary code).

Also, its not that exact of a science when figuring out available and used memory. Linux caches all the memory it can and uses it as needed.

Free -m will help display the current memory usage in MB

free -m

It would also be beneficial to visit LinuxAteMyRAM

  • That doesn't contradict the asker's statement, though... nor really confirm it. Just covers all the background related. – Jeff Ferland Oct 26 '12 at 22:18

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