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SubjectRe: VM in v2.4.0test9
On Wed, Oct 04, 2000 at 01:01:21PM -0300, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Wed, 4 Oct 2000, David Weinehall wrote:
> > Running the included program on a clean v2.4.0test9 kernel I can
> > hang the computer practically in no time.
> > What seems most strange is that the doesn't even get depleated.
> > The machine still answers to SysRq and ping, but nothing else.
> Looking again at this report in more detail, something
> very strange is going on ...
> > This is what I got from SysRq+M (manual copy):
> >
> > Free pages: 500 kB (0 highmem)
> > Active: 8 inactive dirty: 1009, inactive clean:0
> > free: 125 (31 62 93)
> First, you have MORE free memory than freepages.high. In this
> case I really don't see why __alloc_pages() wouldn't give the
> memory to your processes ....

Beats the hell out of me.

> > Free swap: 64772
> And there is tons of swap free...
> Are you absolutely sure this is VM related? This almost looks

Nope. All I'm sure of is that the v2.2.xx kernels doesn't show the same
behaviour, so it _shouldn't_ (but you never know...) be broken hardware.
Of course, the v2.4 might stress the memory harder or something like

> like the system puts a in a read request but the request queue
> doesn't get unplugged, or something strange like that ...
> There is more than enough memory to satisfy all VM requests and
> the loop in __alloc_pages() is straightforward enough to give
> your processes their memory without strange bugs ...

Yup. If you want to, I can put some debugging printk's into the kernel
whereever you might want them and run more tests. I don't compile the
kernel on this machine, so I have no problems recompiling. And it's a
dedicated test-machine anyway, so there's nothing on that machine which
I'd cry over if lost.

I'm about to perform the same test on a K6-3/350 with 64 MB mem and
>200 MB swap now, just for the fun of it.

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