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Subjectbug in free or in kernel ?
I have just installed the 2.4.14 kernel and I see some strange values showed
by free:

total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 254816 250620 4196 0 2068 165208
-/+ buffers/cache: 83344 171472
Swap: 262544 63264 199280

The system has been working for 2 hours and it is in X.
If I know well... if the buffers are smaller than "- buffers", here 83 mb,
then the system doesn't work optimally. That shouldn't be a problem but with
the 2.4.14 kernel I don't see it growing over 5 mb. I tried adjusting the
buffermem parameters in /proc/sys/vm/buffermem but it doesn't exist anymore. I
looked in the patches and I saw it has been removed since 2.4.10, but I
couldn't find the reason for this there or on the mailing list archives. Also,
the freepages file is missing.
The system is a P III at 800 MHz and under the 2.4.7 and 2.4.9 kernels all was
Also when I try to tar or untar some files, from time to time the system locks
up for about 2 or 3 seconds. That didn't happen under 2.4.9.


Kovacs Andrei,
Network Manager - Digital Electronic Petrosani
Phone: +40-93-226563

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