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SubjectRe: 2GB process crashing on 2.4.14
On Fri, Dec 07, 2001 at 01:48:00PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > Most probably the process is running out of address space to allocate from.
> > > There is 3Gb of available space.
> >
> > That would be from 0x00000000 to 0xC0000000, Right?
>
> Correct (0xBFFFFFFF)
>
> > > binary, some your libraries. Getting above 3Gb/process on x86 is very hairy
> > > with a bad performance hit
> >
> > So if I was hitting this limit then I should see no / very few gaps, in the
> > /proc/<pid>/maps. Is that true?
>
> Providing the memory allocator it is using is sufficiently smart

Where "it" is the app?

OK, well looking at the maps output, there seems to be three distinct
sections:

1) from 0x00000000 to 0x01c6a000 (30MB-ish) are mappings of the executable.

2) from 0xbca9a000 to 0xbfffffff (56MB-ish) are the libs, plus a few other
areas, which I've assumed are stack, and scratch areas for the libs.

3) a single mapping, (was 1.1GB-ish in the map output I attached) which
starts at the end of section 1, and is continually growing, and which I
can see has no reason to stop until it gets to the start of section 2
(some 3GB - 86MB later).

Now admittedly, it's possible that some of the other mappings may grow by a
factor of 20 to suddenly eat up 1GB of address space, but I doubt it. So I'm
not buying the address space idea at the moment. That said, I'm not going to
discount it and will keep a log of what happens on the mappings while this
process is running, just in case something really wacky like that happens.

Paul
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