Re: Linux vm parameters

Uwe Bonnes (
Fri, 9 Aug 1996 11:33:28 +0200

>>>>> "Stephen" == Stephen C Tweedie <> writes:

Stephen> Check out /proc/sys/vm. It's full of that kind of mm tuning
Stephen> parameters.

>> Consider a system that sits idle most of the time but occasionally is
>> hit by huge bursts of network traffic but does little to no disk
>> access. This system would prefer to keep more free pages for atomic
>> allocation.

Stephen> echo 300 400 500 > /proc/sys/vm/freepages

Could that be a remedy for
Aug 7 17:44:10 elektron kernel: Couldn't get a free page.....
Aug 7 17:44:10 elektron kernel: isdn: Could not allocate device-struct.

I have 32 MByte, I killed X and nearly everything, and still I couldn't get
a free page. I had to reboot. What a blame, as some OS2 Guri=u was near me
to help me with my isdn setup!

Stephen> In /proc/sys. Hey, I might even get around to documenting them
Stephen> some day. :)

That would be fine! Guessing parameters isn't a good job. I can read the
source, but understanding it is a different story.

Uwe Bonnes

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