Section (8) chmem
chmem — configure memory
−d ] [ SIZE | RANGE |
−b BLOCKRANGE ] [
−z ZONE ]
The chmem command sets a particular size or range of memory online or offline.
SIZEas <size>[m|M|g|G]. With m or M, <size> specifies the memory size in MiB (1024 x 1024 bytes). With g or G, <size> specifies the memory size in GiB (1024 x 1024 x 1024 bytes). The default unit is MiB.
RANGEin the form 0x<start>-0x<end> as shown in the output of the lsmem command. <start> is the hexadecimal address of the first byte and <end> is the hexadecimal address of the last byte in the memory range.
BLOCKRANGEin the form <first>-<last> or <block> as shown in the output of the lsmem command. <first> is the number of the first memory block and <last> is the number of the last memory block in the memory range. Alternatively a single block can be specified.
ZONEas the name of a memory zone, as shown in the output of the lsmem -o +ZONES command. The output shows one or more valid memory zones for each memory range. If multiple zones are shown, then the memory range currently belongs to the first zone. By default, chmem will set memory online to the zone Movable, if this is among the valid zones. This default can be changed by specifying the
−−zoneoption with another valid zone. For memory ballooning, it is recommended to select the zone Movable for memory online and offline, if possible. Memory in this zone is much more likely to be able to be offlined again, but it cannot be used for arbitrary kernel allocations, only for migratable pages (e.g. anonymous and page cache pages). Use the
−−helpoption to see all available zones.
RANGE must be aligned
to the Linux memory block size, as shown in the output of the
Setting memory online can fail for various reasons. On virtualized systems it can fail if the hypervisor does not have enough memory left, for example because memory was overcommitted. Setting memory offline can fail if Linux cannot free the memory. If only part of the requested memory can be set online or offline, a message tells you how much memory was set online or offline instead of the requested amount.
When setting memory online chmem starts with the lowest memory block numbers. When setting memory offline chmem starts with the highest memory block numbers.
BLOCKRANGEparameter instead of
Set the specified
BLOCKRANGEof memory offline.
Set the specified
BLOCKRANGEof memory online.
Select the memory
ZONEwhere to set the specified
BLOCKRANGEof memory online or offline. By default, memory will be set online to the zone Movable, if possible.
Print a short help text, then exit.
Verbose mode. Causes chmem to print debugging messages about it_zsingle_quotesz_s progress.
Print the version number, then exit.
- chmem --enable 1024
This command requests 1024 MiB of memory to be set online.
- chmem -e 2g
This command requests 2 GiB of memory to be set online.
- chmem --disable 0x00000000e4000000-0x00000000f3ffffff
This command requests the memory range starting with 0x00000000e4000000 and ending with 0x00000000f3ffffff to be set offline.
- chmem -b -d 10
This command requests the memory block number 10 to be set offline.
The chmem command is part of the util-linux package and is available from Linux Kernel Archive