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SubjectRe: Reiserfs, 3 Raid1 arrays, 2.4.1 machine locks up
Tom Sightler wrote:

> > > >I'm building a firewall on a P133 with 48 MB of memory using RH 7.0,
> > > >latest updates, etc. and kernel 2.4.1.
> > > >I've built a customized install of RH (~200MB) which I untar onto
> the
> > > >system after building my raid arrays, etc. via a Rescue CD which I
> > > >created using Timo's Rescue CD project. The booting kernel is
> > > >2.4.1-ac10, no networking, raid compiled in but raid1 as a module
> > >
> > > Hmm, raid as a module was always a Bad Idea(tm) in the 2.2 "alpha"
> > > raid (which was misnamed and is 2.4 raid). I suggest you change that
> > > and update, as I had no problems with 2.4.2-pre2/3, nor have any been
> > > posted to the raid list.
> >
> > I just tried with 2.4.1-ac14, raid and raid1 compiled in and it did the
> > same thing. I'm going to try to compile reiserfs in (if I have enough
> room
> > to still fit the kernel on the floppy with it's initial ramdisk, etc.)
> and
> > see what that does.
> There seem to be several reports of reiserfs falling over when memory is
> low. It seems to be undetermined if this problem is actually reiserfs or MM
> related, but there are other threads on this list regarding similar issues.
> This would explain why the same disk would work on a different machine with
> more memory. Any chance you could add memory to the box temporarily just to
> see if it helps, this may help prove if this is the problem or not.
> Later,
> Tom

Out of all the old 72 pin simms we have, we have it maxed out at 48 MB's. I'm
tempted to take the 2 drives out and put them in the k6-2, but that's too much
of a hassle. I'm currently going to try 2.4.1-ac19 and see what happens.

The machine does have 128MB of swap space working, and whenever I've checked
memory usage (while the system was still responding), it never went over a
couple megs of swap space used.

James A. Pattie

Linux -- SysAdmin / Programmer
PC & Web Xperience, Inc.

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