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I have Ubuntu as my dev box and for the last few weeks the RAM has been ticking all the time. I know how to list processes that are using the most memeory using top but I was wondering if there is a way to show processes that have accessed the ram the most (say in a 5 sec window)?

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Ticking? Is it BOMB-RAM? –  Mitch Wheat Aug 12 '13 at 11:41
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This would probably be better asked on Unix & Linux or Ask Ubuntu –  Doorknob Aug 12 '13 at 11:41
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I'm very curious what you mean with "ticking". Do you mean the RAM modules actually produce an audible ticking noise? –  Nikos C. Aug 12 '13 at 11:46
    
My hovercraft is full of eels? –  Damon Aug 12 '13 at 11:53
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@Sevenearths: No, because my RAM doesn't make a sound when it's being accessed. –  Lie Ryan Aug 12 '13 at 13:24

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run top

RSS is the use of physical RAM

use the O key press to get the sort selection screen then choose q for the Resident Set Size, press return to get back to the top display

(Doesn't anyone else think the sound of RAM being accessed sounds like ticking?)

I for one do not :)

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Thanks. Exactly what I needed to know –  Sevenearths Aug 12 '13 at 12:54

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