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What is taking memory on Linux machine?

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http://serverfault.com – Can you help me understand what is taking memory on my linux box? When I run free command I see the following picture (14GB are used, 10GB are free): total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 24724636 14428580 10296056 0 699100 7763272 -/+ buffers/cache: 5966208 18758428 Swap: 26836984 20776 26816208 But when I run top and sort it by memory size (by pressing M) I see the following: top - 15:06:11 up 204 days, 2 min, 1 user, load average: 0.07, 0.09, 0.13 Tasks: 422 total, 1 running, 421 sleeping, 0 stopped (HowTos)