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SubjectRe: Out of Memory: Killed process pine, find, kza ...
On Sunday, 30 December 2001, at 15:57:38 +0100,
Michael De Nil wrote:

> I have a strange problem with kernel 2.4.14 & 2.4.17 (the two I tried on)
> When I run a simple command like 'find /var -name sendmail* -print' (this
> one) or when running pine, kza, etc. Iget the error: 'Out of Memory:
> Killed process 2032 (find)'
> I did a vmstat 2 while running 'find /var -name sendmail* -print'
> Here is what I recieved after a while:
>
> cs memory swap io system cpu
> r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id
> 6 0 2 205720 1408 1220 5176 0 1664 12 1682 332 67 6 93 1
> [...]
> 1 0 0 240964 1328 1224 5000 0 924 10 924 231 71 8 92 0
> Out of Memory: Killed process 2032 (find).
>
>
It doesn't seem to be the problem some people is complaining about
lately. These people get OOM but their systems still have tons of
"available" memory in buffers and/or caches. This is not your case, and
it seems OOM kills a process just in time to avoid having no memory
available for the system to continue working.

I would run "top" and see what processes are eating up your memory,
because 128 MB RAM + 256 MB swap is more than enough for a "normal"
system. Maybe is a program that went crazy, and keeps on allocating all
your memory, leaving nothing for the rest. I have seen both X and
netscape processes behaving this way.

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José Luis Domingo López
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