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Re: How much RAM does your Mint system use?

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$ free --version
free from procps-ng 3.3.10
But this is using another distro, hence the newer version.
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Re: How much RAM does your Mint system use?

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austin.texas wrote:I am wondering why my results appear different - without the available column?

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$ free -h
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          7.3G       2.9G       4.4G        52M        96M       1.2G
-/+ buffers/cache:       1.7G       5.6G
Swap:         8.6G         0B       8.6G
$ free --version
free from procps-ng 3.3.9
Different OS maybe?
I've got the same columns as you have on Mint 17.1.

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dXTC wrote:Quick question from a noob: Did you get this from a Terminal command, and if so, what is it? I like the details.
There is a python code "ps_mem" that show even more clean way... Get it

Download, extract to your home directory as "ps_mem.py" make it executable, go to your terminal enter as root and call it python ps_mem.py

Will show more or less like this one:

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 Private  +   Shared  =  RAM used	Program

132.0 KiB +  33.5 KiB = 165.5 KiB	cgmanager
108.0 KiB + 108.5 KiB = 216.5 KiB	getty
172.0 KiB +  54.5 KiB = 226.5 KiB	startx
160.0 KiB +  71.0 KiB = 231.0 KiB	vnstatd
156.0 KiB +  76.5 KiB = 232.5 KiB	init
168.0 KiB +  86.0 KiB = 254.0 KiB	uuidd
172.0 KiB + 174.5 KiB = 346.5 KiB	xinit
264.0 KiB + 180.0 KiB = 444.0 KiB	dbus-launch
640.0 KiB + 140.0 KiB = 780.0 KiB	dbus-daemon
864.0 KiB + 132.0 KiB = 996.0 KiB	udevd
  1.1 MiB + 271.5 KiB =   1.3 MiB	sudo
  1.0 MiB + 466.0 KiB =   1.5 MiB	login (2)
  3.6 MiB +   1.3 MiB =   4.9 MiB	bash (3)
  3.9 MiB +   2.2 MiB =   6.1 MiB	openbox
  3.0 MiB +   4.7 MiB =   7.7 MiB	tint2 (2)
  6.2 MiB +   2.5 MiB =   8.7 MiB	urxvt (2)
 10.1 MiB + 720.0 KiB =  10.8 MiB	Xorg
 11.3 MiB + 564.0 KiB =  11.9 MiB	mount.ntfs (4)
 86.5 MiB + 380.5 KiB =  86.9 MiB	utserver
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                        143.7 MiB
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Nili wrote:
dXTC wrote:Quick question from a noob: Did you get this from a Terminal command, and if so, what is it? I like the details.
There is a python code "ps_mem" that show even more clean way... Get it

Download, extract to your home directory as "ps_mem.py" make it executable, go to your terminal enter as root and call it python ps_mem.py

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Re: How much RAM does your Mint system use?

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Many people say that up to 500 MB of RAM is enough. In my experience, this is not always true.

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zoli62 wrote:Many people say that up to 500 MB of RAM is enough. In my experience, this is not always true.
I agree. I think one big factors is the gui you choose (mate, cinnamon, xfce, kde whatever).

I run xfce and 32-bit Mint 17 and find I never use more than 768M of real memory, but I often bobble above 512m.

From the tests I've done on the same systems, KDE works better with a little more real memory, ideally 1 gig.

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thats tricky to say. currently the laptop has not had a full day or wake-sleep-wake-sleep... with most common usage i suppose, it is currently at 1.8gb.
  • mate desktop
    plank dock
    kde window manager
    i have lots of startup programs
    many repeating scripts
    firefox caching only to ram
    skype, spideroak, dropbox
my most common tasks involve a file finder, text editor, file manager (thunar), web browser and email (sylpheed).

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Available ram and free ram are not the same thing. Free ram is just sitting idle and available but ram used for file cacheing will be made available if it is needed elsewhere. Linux is designed to use ram to speed things up. If you have more ram more will be used.
Install Mint on PC that has just one GB of ram and it will work within those bounds, add more ram to that same PC and suddenly ram usage will rise to consume most of what you just added. This is a good thing. I used to have 2GB of ram installed and in operation Mint/Cinnamon and other apps would almost always be using about 80% of my ram. Now I have 6GB and Mint still uses about 80% but now my PC is faster.
Free ram is basically ram going to waste as cache is just as available as free.
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InkKnife wrote: Linux is designed to use ram to speed things up. If you have more ram more will be used.
Install Mint on PC that has just one GB of ram and it will work within those bounds, add more ram to that same PC and suddenly ram usage will rise to consume most of what you just added. This is a good thing. I used to have 2GB of ram installed and in operation Mint/Cinnamon and other apps would almost always be using about 80% of my ram. Now I have 6GB and Mint still uses about 80% but now my PC is faster.
Free ram is basically ram going to waste as cache is just as available as free.
Good post. I too want my OS to use all the available RAM to make things faster.
OSX Yosemite on Macs is the say way. It is always using 7-7.5GB of 8GB of RAM of my Macbook.

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My computer has 4GB ram and no swap. My computer use mostly when browsing like now about 500MB of ram.
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Quick question from a noob: Did you get this from a Terminal command, and if so, what is it? I like the details.

It's "ps_mem.py"

https://github.com/pixelb/ps_mem/

They show the command as "ps_mem", for me it's "ps_mem.py".
Please edit your original post title to include [SOLVED] if/when it is solved!
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^Flemur place "ps_mem.py" on your home folder, then on terminal you must identify as a root, run "python ps_mem.py".
This script need root access because the info it will show require root credentials.

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