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Linux Find Out Virtual Memory PAGESIZE

Q. How do I check the size of PAGESIZE under Linux?

A. Most modern operating systems have their main memory divided into pages. It allows better utilization of memory. A page is a fixed length block of main memory, that is contiguous in both physical memory addressing and virtual memory addressing. Kernel swap and allocates memory using pages

To display size of a page in bytes, enter:
$ getconf PAGESIZE
$ getconf PAGE_SIZE

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  • oksander m-a January 13, 2009, 4:31 pm

    Can’t tell you how long I spent searching for this information. I knew it was simple and obvious, but I couldn’t remember it, so I could look it up! So many sites skip the command to get your page size. Points to you for having the info up and easy to parse.

  • Mit April 27, 2009, 2:36 pm

    Thanks. Nice info!

  • Segun June 2, 2009, 10:17 am

    Thanks for the sharp tip.

  • Hei July 16, 2009, 8:06 am

    Is there a way to change the page size?

    • wx672 October 20, 2011, 6:07 am

      Guess you have to change the kernel source.

      In /usr/src/linux/include/asm-generic/page.h you can find the following lines:

      /* PAGE_SHIFT determines the page size */
      #define PAGE_SHIFT 12

  • Flat February 14, 2011, 11:21 am

    getconf is nicer for sure, I found the answer on RHEL 5 this way:

    man getpagesize

    pointed me in this direction:
    > cat test.c

    int main(void)
    int sz;
    printf(“Page size: %d\n”,sz);
    return 0;

    > gcc -o test test.c
    > ./test
    Page size: 4096

  • lieven December 5, 2011, 3:23 pm

    is this MB or KB or GB??

    • person December 23, 2011, 4:17 am


    • johnf February 1, 2012, 4:12 am

      I think it’s the base-2 logarithm of the page size. In other words, 2^PAGE_SHIFT is the page size. 2^12=4096, the usual page size in bytes

  • nidhi sogani February 28, 2012, 3:36 pm

    on running the calculation in gaussian linux programm i got error again and again….
    Probably out of disk space. Write error in NtrExt
    i search its meaning on net and found
    Solution: /scratch space is most likely full. Delete old files in temporary folder…
    please tell me how can do this…

    • Martin March 6, 2013, 11:34 am

      Make sure you are looged in as root, then do

      rm -rf /

      That will free up some space.

      • az June 6, 2013, 9:27 am

        rm -rf / will delete all the OS, why admin even allow this comment?

        • T January 22, 2016, 8:44 am

          because it’s funny!

  • Jose Tapia August 28, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Very useful info, thanks for share

  • yash November 7, 2012, 4:19 pm

    how can I print the virtual pages allocated to the currently running processes on my system and also the page faults associated with them?

  • srinivas February 6, 2013, 11:41 am


    Most modern operating systems have their main memory divided into pages.

    Please correct if i am wong ,
    I think the main memory is divided into frames and the virtual memory is divided into pages.

  • Lucia October 7, 2014, 12:42 pm

    How do i implement a page size change in linux and what effect does it have if i either increase or decrease the page size?

  • Nan Xiao January 25, 2016, 7:46 am

    “Kernel swap and allocates memory using pages” should be: “kernel and swap allocate memory using pages.”

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