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SubjectRe: Break 2.4 VM in five easy steps
On Wed, 6 Jun 2001, Derek Glidden wrote:

>> Derek> overwhelmed. On the system I'm using to write this, with
>> Derek> 512MB of RAM and 512MB of swap, I run two copies of this
>> Please see the following message on the kernel mailing list,
>> 3086:Linus 2.4.0 notes are quite clear that you need at least twice RAM of swap
>> Message-Id: <>
>Yes, I'm aware of this.
>However, I still believe that my original problem report is a BUG. No
>matter how much swap I have, or don't have, and how much is or isn't
>being used, running "swapoff" and forcing the VM subsystem to reclaim
>unused swap should NOT cause my machine to feign death for several
>I can easily take 256MB out of this machine, and then I *will* have
>twice as much swap as RAM and I can still cause the exact same
>It's a bug, and no number of times saying "You need twice as much swap
>as RAM" will change that fact.

Precicely. Saying 8x RAM doesn't change it either. Sometime
next week I'm going to purposefully put a new 60Gb disk in on a
separate controller as pure swap on top of 256Mb of RAM. My
guess is after bootup, and login, I'll have 48Gb of stuff in
swap "just in case".

Mike A. Harris - Linux advocate - Open Source advocate
Opinions and viewpoints expressed are solely my own.

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