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SubjectRe: [2.4.17/18pre] VM and swap - it's really unusable
Andrew Morton wrote:

> Andreas Hartmann wrote:
>
>>Hello all,
>>
>>Again, I did a rsync-operation as described in
>>"[2.4.17rc1] Swapping" MID <3C1F4014.2010705@athlon.maya.org>.
>>
>>This time, the kernel had a swappartition which was about 200MB. As the
>>swap-partition was fully used, the kernel killed all processes of knode.
>>Nearly 50% of RAM had been used for buffers at this moment. Why is there
>>so much memory used for buffers?
>>
>
> It's very strange. The large amount of buffercache usage is to
> be expected from statting 20 gigs worth of files, but the kernel
> should (and normally does) free up that memory on demand.
>
> Which filesystem(s) are you using?
>
> Are you using NFS/NBD/SMBFS or anything like that?
>

Basically, I'm using NFS and reiserfs. But I didn't use any file on NFS
since the last reboot - and the NFS-shares haven't been mounted.

There are 2 IDE-Harddisks in this machine:
hda: WDC WD205AA, ATA DISK drive (40079088 sectors (20520 MB) w/2048KiB
cache, CHS=2494/255/63, UDMA(66))
hdb: WDC WD450AA-00BAA0, ATA DISK drive (87930864 sectors (45021 MB)
w/2048KiB Cache,
CHS=5473/255/63, UDMA(66))

On hda, I have got 7 partitions (plus one little "boot"-partition, which
isn't mounted and a 200MB swap partition).
On hdb, I have got 12 partitions and one more, meanwhile 1GB swap partition.
All partitions are formated with reiserfs.


Regards,
Andreas Hartmann

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