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SubjectRe: dirty pages (Was: Re: [PATCH] Prevent large file writeback starvation)
Mark Lord wrote:
> Andrew Morton wrote:
>> Johannes Stezenbach <js@linuxtv.org> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 06, 2006, Andrew Morton wrote:
...
>>> Anyway, I temporarily deinstalled vmware (deleted the kernel
>>> modules and rebooted; kernel is still tainted because of madwifi
>>> if that matters).
>>> The behaviour I see with vmware (long 'sync' time) doesn't seem
>>> to happen without it so far ...
>
> Mmm.. Okay, all of my machines normally have VMWare-WS installed on them,
> so that might just be the culprit.
...
> Mmm.. so the intent is to affect only VMWare itself, not the rest of the
> system while VMWare is dormant. I guess it's time to disable loading of
> the VMWare modules and reboot. Bye bye uptime! Maybe I'll install
> 2.6.16-rc3 while I'm at it.
>
> I'll follow-up with results in an hour or two.

Okay, results are non-conclusive, because 2.6.16-rc3-git1 breaks VMWare;
the vmmon module no longer compiles. Unstable kernel non-API issue again.

So I'm back on 2.6.15 until that gets fixed.

Cheers
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