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SubjectRe: VM in 2.4.7-pre hurts...
On 9 Jul 2001, Christoph Rohland wrote:

> Hi Mike,
> On Mon, 9 Jul 2001, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> > I don't know exactly what is happening, but I do know _who_ is
> > causing the problem I'm seeing.. it's tmpfs. When mounted on /tmp
> > and running X/KDE, the tar [1] will oom my box every time because
> > page_launder trys and always failing to get anything scrubbed after
> > the tar has run for a while. Unmount tmpfs/restart X and do the
> > same tar, and all is well.
> >
> > (it's not locked pages aparantly. I modified page_launder to move
> > those to the active list, and refill_inactive_scan to rotate them to
> > the end of the active list. inactive_dirty list still grows ever
> > larger, filling with 'stuff' that page_launder can't clean until
> > you're totally oom)
> Do you have set the size parameter for tmpfs? Else it will grow until
> oom.

No, but that doesn't appear to be the problem. The patchlet below
fixes^Wmakes it work ok without ooming, whether I have swap enabled
or not.

--- mm/ Mon Jul 9 09:03:27 2001
+++ mm/shmem.c Mon Jul 9 09:03:46 2001
@@ -264,8 +264,8 @@

return error;
So, did I fix it or just bust it in a convenient manner ;-)


Rik. Kswapd should check oom even if there is no inactive shortage,
else you get livelock when you can't scrub instead of kaboom. Maybe
a count of loops before killing things, but IMHO a check is needed.

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