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    SubjectRe: 2.4.10aa1 (00_vm-tweaks-1)
    On Sun, 23 Sep 2001, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

    > If you are interested about the VM behaviour under swap (and non) please
    > test the 00_vm-tweaks-1 (can be applied to plain 2.4.10), here the swap
    > behaviour seems improved with it. Thanks!

    2.4.10 seems to behave worse than kernels up to 2.4.9 and 2.4.9ac12
    (haven't tried above) with the following workload (everything is only a
    subjective impression as a user; I don't look at how long the "rm" and the
    "tar" take because that's not very important for me):

    FVWM with 6 open xterms is running
    XMMS is running

    mv linux linux.old
    nice rm -rf linux.old &
    tar xzf linux-2.4.10.tar.gz &

    up to 2.4.9 and 2.4.9ac12:
    everything works fine

    interactive use of the machine is very bad, I can't type a command in
    another xterm

    2.4.10 + 00_vm-tweaks-1:
    interactive use of the machine works all right, but XMMS does sometimes

    This is on a K6 with 300 Mhz. free in 2.4.10 + 00_vm-tweaks-1 gives the
    following output:

    $ free
    total used free shared buffers cached
    Mem: 62252 60400 1852 0 2408 32792
    -/+ buffers/cache: 25200 37052
    Swap: 947824 10264 937560

    My impression is that there's a problem when several processes do heavy
    non-cachable disk IO.



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