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SubjectRe: vm in 2.4.5
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> On Sat, 26 May 2001, J . A . Magallon wrote:
> > It does not begin to use swap in a growing fashion, it just appears
> > full in a moment.
>
> It gets _allocated_ in a moment, but things don't actually get
> swapped out. This isn't a problem.
>
> The real problem is that we don't actively reclaim swap space
> when it gets full. We just assign swap to parts of processes,
> but we never reclaim it when we need swap space for something
> else; at least, not until the process exit()s or exec()s.

As I understand the original message, before the compilation and after the
system is in a "similar" state ("the same" processes should be running; even
less of them if some were killed by OOM).

: total used free shared buffers cached
: -/+ buffers/cache: 49908 205780
: Swap: 152576 0 152576

~49 MB in use befere the test,

: -/+ buffers/cache: 14844 240844
: Swap: 152576 152576 0

~149 MB allocated swap. By processes of total size of 49 MB ? Strange...

Either the test shows some leak in running userspace processes (they
allocate a lot of memory) as an effect of memory shortage (strange) or there
is some leak in the kernel. Or the test is bad (something else is running
when it finishes).

Am I right ?

Andrzej

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