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SubjectRe: VM: do_try_to_free_memory failed for XXXX, 2.2.17, 2.2.18pre3
On Thu, 12 Oct 2000, Krzysztof Sierota wrote:

> Our 3 machines went unresponsive, just the way you describe it. The error
> was the same. We had this on 2.2.17 and on 2.2.18pre3 , didn't try 2.2.18pre15.
> Marcelo Tosati assembled a kernel for us that had Andrea Arcangeli patches
> applied and some other stuff that we needed, and the machines are stable
> since then. All our machines run under very _heavy_ disk IO operations.
> Loads between 15-30 most of the time.

If this is true, I am very much interested in the resultant patch
(to vanilla 2.2.17 or 2.2.18pre15) since I have the same load, and the
same errors. Could you please send it?

On 12 Oct 2000, Per Andreas Buer wrote:

> Krzysztof Sierota <> writes:
> > I recently changed the kernel from 2.2.15 to 2.2.17 and added new promise 100
> > card. During 3 days 2 production servers crashed 4 times and had several
> > lockups when there was zillion messages like
> > VM: do_try_to_free_memmory failed for XXX
> Are you using gcc 2.95? We had a lot of trouble (fatal vm-errors) with
> gcc 2.95 until we started building kernels with egcs-2.91.

Unfortunatelly this is not to blame gcc for:
Reading specs from /usr/lib/gcc-lib/i386-redhat-linux/egcs-2.91.66/specs
gcc version egcs-2.91.66 19990314/Linux (egcs-1.1.2 release)

-- SaPE

Peter, Sasi <>

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