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SubjectRe: Insanely high "Cached" value
Steven Walter wrote:
> My system has been running a little over twelve days now, and I just
> noticed that the "Cached" value in both 'free' and /proc/meminfo is
> insanely high. This wasn't the case the last time I checked, which was
> probably a day ago.
> Just before checking it this time, I ran a "du -s *" in /usr, which
> generated a lot of I/O, as it to be expected. Perhaps the large amount
> of I/O has uncovered a bug of some sort?
> This is kernel 2.4.13 (hopefully it's not something that's already been
> reported and fixed; I haven't seen it if is has) patched with ext3, kdb,
> lm_sensors, and the pre-empt patch. Seems likely to be only a simple VM
> problem, however, and an asthetic one at that.

It's an ext3 bug. Harmless, fixed in the (ext3-enriched) 2.4.15-pre2.

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