Re: Broken /proc/meminfo ?

From: Matthew Wilcox (
Date: Mon Aug 28 2000 - 13:45:29 EST

On Sun, Aug 27, 2000 at 06:20:04PM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 27, 2000 at 04:39:40PM +0200, Michael Zieger wrote:
> > The "shared" and "MemShared" values show zeroes, and I didn't find
> > any word whether it is intended or not, so I believe it's a bug.
> It is intended, because it was too costly to compute these values
> because the complete page tables have to be walked.
> (on big memory machines it even lead to jumpy mouse pointers when
> a memory monitor was accessing it once a second)

can't we set them to -1 instead? i think people are more likely to
understand that -1 is `can't answer question' then 0.

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