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Subject2.0.36-3 memory leak??

Linux Kernel list,

I am having trouble with linux and it appears to be a memory leak in the

operating system... I am still pretty new to Linux, I have been running

a system for about 6 months.

I started with Redhat v5.2, which had kernel 2.0.36-0.7 I upgraded it
with an RPM from RedHat to 2.0.36-3 without any problems. I then
reconfigured it for SMP and recompiled the kernel. In general it seemed

to be wworking fine for a while. I don't know when this leak began.

I am running a dual pentium II machine. Below is a sample output from
my machine:
It is clear that anything I run leads to permanent loss of free memory,
launching large applications chunks out up to 10 MB that is not
recovered. What have I done? How can I fix this?

Thanks!
Jon
dugan@stanford.edu
(please cc this email with responses, I could not figure out how to get
on the email list)

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<bowser 2 ~>free
total used free shared buffers
cached
Mem: 127476 88668 38808 35556 18684
39184
-/+ buffers/cache: 30800 96676
Swap: 72288 0 72288
<bowser 3 ~>ls
...
<bowser 4 ~>ls
...
<bowser 5 ~>free
total used free shared buffers
cached
Mem: 127476 88672 38804 35556 18684
39184
-/+ buffers/cache: 30804 96672
Swap: 72288 0 72288
<bowser 6 ~>locate blah
/usr/doc/which-1.0/blah
/usr/doc/which-1.0/blah/Makefile
/usr/share/icons/mini/mini-blah.xpm
<bowser 7 ~>free
total used free shared buffers
cached
Mem: 127476 88800 38676 35588 18684
39240
-/+ buffers/cache: 30876 96600
Swap: 72288 0 72288






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