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SubjectRe: Break 2.4 VM in five easy steps
Mike Galbraith <> writes:

> On 6 Jun 2001, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> > Derek Glidden <> writes:
> >
> >
> > > The problem I reported is not that 2.4 uses huge amounts of swap but
> > > that trying to recover that swap off of disk under 2.4 can leave the
> > > machine in an entirely unresponsive state, while 2.2 handles identical
> > > situations gracefully.
> > >
> >
> > The interesting thing from other reports is that it appears to be kswapd
> > using up CPU resources. Not the swapout code at all. So it appears
> > to be a fundamental VM issue. And calling swapoff is just a good way
> > to trigger it.
> >
> > If you could confirm this by calling swapoff sometime other than at
> > reboot time. That might help. Say by running top on the console.
> The thing goes comatose here too. SCHED_RR vmstat doesn't run, console
> switch is nogo...
> After running his memory hog, swapoff took 18 seconds. I hacked a
> bleeder valve for dead swap pages, and it dropped to 4 seconds.. still
> utterly comatose for those 4 seconds though.

At the top of the while(1) loop in try_to_unuse what happens if you put in.
if (need_resched) schedule();
It should be outside all of the locks. It might just be a matter of everything
serializing on the SMP locks, and the kernel refusing to preempt itself.


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