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    SubjectRe: /proc/*/statm, exactly what does "shared" mean?
    On Sat, Feb 12, 2005 at 09:39:20AM -0500, Richard F. Rebel wrote:
    > That said, many mod_perl users are *VERY* interested in being able to
    > detect and observe how "shared" our forked children are. Shared meaning
    > private pages shared with children (copy on write). Is it even possible
    > to do this in 2.6 kernels? If so, any pointers would be very helpful.

    One thing Hugh didn't mention is the background as to why the shared
    statistic was changed: it comes back to the fact that it was a very
    expensive statistic to calculate. People running top on systems with
    lots of virtual memory in use (ie lots of processes, applications with
    shared memory segments) were seeing ridiculous cpu usage (100% for seconds
    at a time) by top. As a result, the statistics available from the statm
    file were changed to counters making the read of statm an O(1) operation.
    This dropped top's cpu usage on a busy system to a much more reasonable
    <1%, making it possible to get an idea what a busy system is actually
    busy with.

    -ben
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