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SubjectRe: Maybe a VM bug in 2.4.18-18 from RH 8.0?
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On Fri, 2002-12-06 at 01:25, Andrew Morton wrote:
> GrandMasterLee wrote:
> >
[...]
> > Just curious, but how long would it take a system with 8GB RAM, using 4G
> > or 64G kernel to fall over?
>
> A few seconds if you ran the wrong thing. Never if you ran something
> else.
>
> > One thing I've noticed, is that 2.4.19aa2
> > runs great on a box with 8GB when I don't allocate all that much, but
> > seems to run into issues after a large DB has been running on it for
> > several days. (i.e. the system get's generally a little slower, less
> > responsive, and in some cases crashes after 7 days).
>
> "crashes"? kernel, or application? What additional info is
> available?

Machine will panic. I've actually captured some and sent them to this
list, but I've been told that my stack was corrupt. Problem is, ATM, I
can't find a memory problem. Memtest86 locks up on test 4(as in, machine
needs hard booting), no matter if it's 8GB or 4GB RAM installed. An no
matter if *known good* ram is being tested as well. So I don't think
it's that per se.

> > Yes, I know, sounds like a memory leak in something, but aside from
> > patching Oracle from 8.1.7.4(dba's can't find any new patches ATM), I've
> > tried everything except changing my kernel.
> >
> > Could this be similar behaviour?
>
> No, it's something else. Possibly a leak, possibly vma structures.

Could that yield a corrupt stack?

> You should wait until the machine is sluggish, then capture
> the output of:
>
> vmstat 1
> cat /proc/meminfo
> cat /proc/slabinfo
> ps aux

I shall gather the information sometime 12/06/2002. TIA

--The GrandMaster
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