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SubjectRe: Error 3c900 driver in 2.2.19?
On Tue, 28 Aug 2001, Andrew Morton wrote:

> Possibly, VM system changes have taken you over some threshold.
> Are you putting a lot of traffic through that machine?

There's <= 2500 messages (sendmail - usually <5 concurrently) going
through per day, some 10.000 pop connections per day (mostly at working
hours). The server's got some 256 megs of RAM, and is doing some small
databases with postgresql and mysql in addition to the apache server. The
server does not have any problems with swapping, as the text below should
show.

As far as I can see from linux/mm/swap.c, it shouldn't have anything to do
with freepages... Am I wrong?

roy

[root@server log]# free
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 257876 252976 4900 64120 65156 147368
-/+ buffers/cache: 40452 217424
Swap: 136512 268 136244



> Have you tried altering the `freepages' setting?
>
> Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk wrote:
> >
> > But...
> >
> > I haven't seen the problem before 2.2.19. Going back to 2.2.16 solved it
> >
> > On Mon, 27 Aug 2001, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >
> > > Well, it shouldn't hang - it should just fail to do anything for a while
> > > and then recover.
> > >
> > > You can reserve more memory for the network driver by altering
> > > the contents of /proc/sys/vm/freepages. Try doubling everything
> > > in there.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hi
> > > >
> > > > I have a 3c900 card in a server, and after upgrading to 2.2.19 it started
> > > > hanging every now and then, giving me the error message "kernel: eth0:
> > > > memory shortage". The card is this (as reported during boot)
> > > >
> > > > 3c59x.c:v0.99H 27May00 Donald Becker
> > > > http://cesdis.gsfc.nasa.gov/linux/drivers/vortex.html
> > > > eth0: 3Com 3c900 Boomerang 10Mbps Combo at 0xa800, 00:a0:24:ef:ef:50, IRQ 5
> > > > 8K word-wide RAM 3:5 Rx:Tx split, 10baseT interface.
> > > > Enabling bus-master transmits and whole-frame receives.
> > > >
> > > > Please cc: to me (roy@karlsbakk.net) and Jannik (jannik@east.no), as we're
> > > > not on the list.
> > > >
> > > > Best regards
> > > >
> > > > roy
> > > >
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