Trever Adams (arabian@onramp.net)
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 04:47:17 -0600

real subject: Linux Kernel 2.0.31 -- Memory Leak Observations

First off, I will say, I don't care much about future 2.0.x, I would
rather see 2.2.x out
soon and as near perfect (bug-free) as possible.

Here are my observations, unfortunately I have no numbers or oops/core
dumps to help back it

Using tar on a large archive on a fat/vfat drive (or any other large
amount of fat/vfat
activity) seems to lead to a memory leak. This seems to always happen
when I do more than
play a small wave/midi file or load a few text or word perfect files
from fat/vfat.
Sometimes this is the only thing I will do and memory will disappear
(with 72 meg of memory
and really nothing running it should not page swap, especially 208 pages

that never go away
which is what is happening now, after the heavy activity).

Crashed, killed, and control-c ended programs don't seem to be cleaned
up after leaving many
pages in memory that shouldnt be there.

If I am wrong, please show me how and where, if not, I hope this helps
track down some of
the bugs.

Thanks to Linus and the rest of the active kernel gang for a great
system, that is slowly
allowing me to not use Windows 95 for the most part. Almost to the
point where it will be
the vfat partition that is ultrasmall.

Trever Adams

P.S. Anyone who can see why I keep getting rejected please let me know.