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    SubjectRe: mke2fs - Cant get free page
    Werner Fink wrote:

    > > I don't know if this is a bug in the kernel or mke2fs, but ever since
    > > about 2.0.2x (my first kernels), mke2fs (v1.10) reports that it can't get
    > > a free page while writing inode tables, stops for a while (10-70 secs)
    > > then keeps going, or most of the time I have to start a new program on
    > > another VC to get it going again. /proc/meminfo reports 10Mb in buffers
    > > and 384k free memory. I am currently running 2.0.31-pre6. This, 90% of
    > > the time, happens with partitions > ~200Mb.
    > >
    > > I have a iP166, 24Mb RAM, 2 EIDE & 1 SCSI-1 HDD's
    >
    > Stupid question: Do you have add swap space before running mke2fs?
    > I've never seen such a massage with 2.0.29 or pre-2.0.31-2 and
    > more than 4Mb RAM.

    I saw a similar thing: while running mke2fs 1.06 on a 4 GB partition on
    an IDE hard drive, without the -c option, and with 16 MB RAM (no swap, as
    I recall), it would stop, but switching consoles and doing something in
    the other console would cause it to start again. This was under either
    2.0.29 or Dave Miller's pre-2.0.31-2. I didn't report it at the time
    because I assumed it was just another manifestation of the problems with
    the buffer cache. I don't remember getting a "Couldn't get a free
    page....." message, but have since lost the log file for that day. Sorry.
    ___
    Trevor Johnson


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