detecting memory size?
glynn.clements at virgin.net
Thu Jan 29 11:51:41 EST 2004
Ketil Malde wrote:
> Is it possible to detect memory (i.e. RAM, not virtual memory) size
What do you mean by "memory size"? How much RAM is installed in the
system? The amount which the process is currently using? The amount
which the OS might be willing to allocate to your process at any given
point in time? Something else?
> from inside a Haskell program (so that I can keep my program from
> growing too large with consequent thrashing)? And if so, to what
> degree of portability?
On Linux, you can read /proc/* (e.g. /proc/meminfo) with readFile, but
that isn't remotely portable (nor are any of the similar mechanims
used by other systems; at least /proc isn't as inherently non-portable
as reading kernel variables via /dev/kmem).
getrusage() is relatively portable across Unix variants, but I don't
see a binding in (the 5.04 version of) PosixProcEnv.lhs (which is
where I'd expect it to live).
As for the amount which the OS might be willing to allocate to your
process at any given point in time, that information probably isn't
available by any means.
Glynn Clements <glynn.clements at virgin.net>
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