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In linux, when I do 'top' it has a column for 'virtual memory' and 'Resident memory' for each process:

5648 hap497 20 0 101m 13m 11m S 90.4 0.9 0:44.79 automated_ui_te
729 root 20 0 99004 46m 5004 S 1.0 3.0 9:24.59 Xorg

My question is how does linux determine how much memory should be moved to virtual memory and move to resident memory for each process?

Thank you.

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