Matthew Hunt wrote:

On Thu, Jan 29, 2004 at 08:03:46AM +1100, Rowdy wrote:

I am setting up MRTG and at the moment I am parsing /var/run/dmesg.boot and the output from `top -b -d 1` to get total and free memory respectively, but I hope there is an easier way.

Try "vmstat" instead.

Thought of that. According to the man page, vmstat shows, for memory:

avm     active virtual pages
fre     size of the free list

Does the size of the free list correspond to actual free memory? I wasn't sure whether that was the case or not.

Also, it's a case of parsing the output from top or parsing the output from vmstat - I had hoped there would be a simple command that would show memory state :)


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