Memory Buffers

Arjan van de Ven arjanv at
Fri Nov 8 05:05:00 CST 2002

On Thu, Nov 07, 2002 at 10:30:40AM -0500, Aaron Smith wrote:
> 	Ok.  I have, what would seem to be, a fairly simple question.  When I
> cat out the contents of /proc/meminfo on my Poweredge 4400, there is a
> value for "Buffers".  What is this memory used for?  After doing some
> research, all I've found is that they are I/O Buffers set aside by the
> kernel.  My assumption, then, is that disk I/O is buffered into this
> chunk of memory before being written out to disk.  Is this correct?
> 	The REASON for the question is that our Poweredge 4400's (running
> Redhat 7.1 and a non-rpm based 2.4.14 kernel) will suffer a massive

2.4.14 has a pretty bad vm. please use 2.4.17 or later, even if you want a
self compiled kernel and not a RH kernel

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