I'm curious whether anyone knows of a portable crate to find the amount of physical RAM available? I've found the procfs crate which should serve my needs, but I haven't found a search term that would describe what I need, so I'm wondering if I've missed another option.
That looks like what I am after. Sadly, it doesn't document what the methods mean, esp. the distinction between free and available memory.
I expect it's like the
free command, where "free" is completely unused memory, and "available" includes cache memory that could be flushed without swapping. For example, many directory entries and file contents will be cached in memory, but that can be thrown away (LRU) if a process needs more memory, to be reloaded from disk if needed again later.
That's my guess also (since that's the meaning of the item with the same name in
/proc/meminfo) , but it would be much more encouraging if it were documented, particularly as this is a cross-platform crate, and thus its meaning ought to be defined in a cross platform way.
Well, you could file a bug asking for this.
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