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SubjectRe: 2.4.8 Resource leaks + limits
From: "Szabolcs Szakacsits" <>
> On Wed, 15 Aug 2001, Magnus Naeslund(f) wrote:
> > The problem is that i can shh in as root, but not as any other user (
> > via login or su or either ).
> Are you using < 0.73 PAM without the change_uid pam_limit option? You
> set in /etc/security/limits.conf:
> * soft nproc 40
> the '*' valid for users but not for root, the relevant parts of
> a default login/pam works like:
> <running as root>
> setrlimit()
> fork()
> setuid(user_uid)
> So if you have at least 40 root processes running already for whatever
> reason then the result is what you see.

Well root is unlimited, and i have _no_ processes running as the user i'm
trying to log on as.
This must be a bug then.
I even tried adduser <newuser>, but i couldn't log in as that either.

> The livelocks what I mentioned is indeed different and fixed in 2.4.9 (I
> guess the 'kswapd thought shortage for highmem zone when its size is
> actually 0' issue what Linus said in the 'kswapd using all cpu for long
> periods' thread). Sorry for the confusion, hope the above fixes your
> problem.

I never had any lockups.


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