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Bug 598290 - dmesg shows "Memory: ... 788380k absent"
Summary: dmesg shows "Memory: ... 788380k absent"
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel
Version: 5.2
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Red Hat Kernel Manager
QA Contact: Red Hat Kernel QE team
Depends On:
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Reported: 2010-06-01 02:45 UTC by Lin Avator
Modified: 2010-06-07 02:43 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-06-04 14:12:51 UTC
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2010-06-01 02:45 UTC, Lin Avator
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Description Lin Avator 2010-06-01 02:45:30 UTC
Created attachment 418435 [details]
system log files

Description of problem:

   We install RHEL 5.2 x86_64 on our AMD platform, then we update the kernel to 2.6.33 ( ) . The output of `dmesg` shows the following message. We are curious that where is the absent 788380k memory gone ? And how could we get them back ?

Memory: 16392812k/17563648k available (3061k kernel code, 788380k absent, 382456k reserved, 5034k data, 468k init)

  Although this is not RHEL bug, we hope to get help from the experts here. Some system logs (dmesg, dmidecode, /proc/iomem, /proc/meminfo, vmstat -s) are collected as Please help to resolve this issue.

Comment 1 Prarit Bhargava 2010-06-04 14:12:51 UTC
Lin, absent memory reflects the memory addressing space lost due to memory holes in the memory map.  Typically holes are left for PCI space, IO, etc..  Every vendor model system is different, and every system will have a different value reported for the absent memory.

Bottom line: It is not physical memory.

Hope this helps,


Comment 2 Lin Avator 2010-06-07 02:43:41 UTC
Hi Prarit,

  I got it. Thanks for sharing information.

  Sincerely Yours,

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