Re: Linux 2.4.1-ac7

From: Torben Mathiasen (
Date: Thu Feb 08 2001 - 17:37:31 EST

On Thu, Feb 08 2001, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Thu, 8 Feb 2001, Alan Cox wrote:
> >
> >
> > 2.4.1-ac7
> > o Rebalance the 2.4.1 VM (Rik van Riel)
> > | This should make things feel a lot faster especially
> > | on small boxes .. feedback to Rik
> I'd really like feedback from people when it comes to this
> change. The change /should/ fix most paging performance bugs
> because it makes kswapd do the right amount of work in order
> to solve the free memory shortage every time it is run.

Just installed ac7 and after some 30 minutes of unpacking
kernel-sources and diffing patches, I left my computer unattended
for about 1 hour. When I came back the system was unusable (like it
was frozen), and /var/log/messages just displayed messages of the

Feb 8 22:54:40 fry kernel: Out of Memory: Killed process 455 (xmms).

The OOM killer killed most of my apps, and finally X. I had to reboot
in order to get the system back. I've been running ac1-ac6 since they
came out with no problems, so I guess its the VM hack that is buggy.

This is on an AMD K7 1200Mhz, 512MB Ram, ATA100. Nothing big was
running at the time (xchat, xmms, mozilla, gnome, x, a few xterms).

I'll do some more testing tomorrow and provide any further information
you might need.

Torben Mathiasen <>
Linux ThunderLAN maintainer

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