Re: Linux Kernel 2.2.19 Available Memory Bug

From: Doug McNaught (
Date: Fri Jul 20 2001 - 08:56:36 EST

"John L. Males" <> writes:

> The bug I am reporting is that when one sets the amount of memory,
> i.e. 128M, 256M; at the time of booting the 2.2.19 kernel the "Total
> Memory" as reported by KDE, "free", etc is short by a important
> amount. To be more specific I will detail the results of "free"
> below against the "mem" value passed to the kernel. Please note for
> the purposes of this test I always had 256MB or ram (2x128MB)
> installed in my system. The BIOS reports total system memory as
> 262144K.

Not really a bug--the "free" report leaves out the memory devoted to
the kernel, which is unpageable and therefore unavailable to user


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The first was Texas medicine--the second was just railroad gin,
And like a fool I mixed them, and it strangled up my mind,
Now people just get uglier, and I got no sense of time...          --Dylan
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