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SubjectRe: Fedora 26 / Kernel 4.11.10 - System becomes unresponsive when swapping
Hi all,

Just as a follow up - I believe I may have found a regression between kernel
4.10.x and the newer 4.11 / 4.12 versions.

After some assistance, I have lodged this report:

If anyone can assist with this, I'll be happy to reply / comment / test via
the bugzilla report to hopefully bring the issue to the surface.

On Tuesday, 18 July 2017 9:10:31 AM AEST Steven Haigh wrote:
> Hi all,
> Firstly, please CC me directly in replies due to not being subscribed.
> After a fix to glibc that fixed Unity 3D based games (Fedora ref: https://
>, I have noticed that when I
> play Cities: Skylines that the system becomes unresponsive when digging
> into swap.
> I have 10Gb of RAM in this system and run Fedora 26. If I launch Cities:
> Skylines with no swap space, things run well performance wise until I get an
> OOM - and it all dies - which is expected.
> When I turn on swap to /dev/sda2 which resides on an SSD, I get complete
> system freezes while swap is being accessed.
> The first swap was after loading a saved game, then launching kmail in the
> background. This caused ~500Mb to be swapped to /dev/sda2 on an SSD. The
> system froze for about 8 minutes - barely being able to move the mouse. The
> HDD LED was on constantly during the entire time.
> To hopefully rule out the above glibc issue, I started the game via jemalloc
> - but experienced even more severe freezes while swapping. I gave up
> waiting after 13 minutes of non-responsiveness - not even being able to
> move the mouse properly.
> During these hangs, I could typed into a Konsole window, and some of the
> typing took 3+ minutes to display on the screen (yay for buffers?).
> I have tested this with both the default vm.swappiness values, as well as
> the following:
> vm.swappiness = 1
> vm.min_free_kbytes = 32768
> vm.vfs_cache_pressure = 60
> I noticed that when I do eventually get screen updates, all 8 cpus (4 cores
> / 2 threads) show 100% CPU usage - and kswapd is right up there in the
> process list for CPU usage. Sadly I haven't been able to capture this
> information fully yet due to said unresponsiveness.
> This seems to be a relatively new problem that I did not encounter during
> the Fedora 26 beta - but do now.
> Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start tracking this type of
> issue down?

Steven Haigh

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