Where is all my memory in use?



The Solaris kernel operates on the assumption that
"free memory is wasted memory". Pages used for file
I/O will not be added to the free list unless they become
unreferenced (i.e., the file they belong to is both closed
and removed). Such pages are available for re-use but are
kept as a disk cache. After some period of operation,
Solaris will reach a point where all memory has been used
in the past and freemem will be reported as a low number from
that point on.


In Solaris 8 the filesystem cache was changed significantly;
as a result of these changes, cached pages are now reported
as free memory even though they still hold cached file data.





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