Re: 2.1.34 build failure on sparc, patch enclosed

Simon Karpen (
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 13:21:14 -0400 (EDT)

sorry about that. i'll be more careful about who i send stuff to.

btw, one question (as i posted to the list and nobody said anything)
with 2.1.x, as early as .14 or earlier, and as late as .34, on a
sparc slc (sun4c), memory disappears until the total RSS is down to
as little as a few dozen kilobytes, to the point that a bash running on
console swaps continuously if you type into it.
page (and more recently buffer, though mainly page) cache amounts
don't eve go down significanly, also.

i'm pretty lost trying to figure out what's going on underneath the hood
with this, but wondering if you had any tips. also, if you want access
to the machine to look at what happens, let me know (and i'll boot 2.1.34).

On Tue, 15 Apr 1997, David S. Miller wrote:

> Please, I am keeping up with the 2.1.3x changes necessary for Sparc
> and feeding them to Linus as I get them done. More extensive changes
> are necessary to get SMP working as well.
> If you think you have a change for the Sparc you think has been
> missed, cool then send it to me. Sending Linus changes to subsystems
> which have very well advertised (and extremely active) maintainers is
> going to create patch synchronization problems and chaos in general,
> thanks.

Simon Karpen,,
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