[oclug] kswapd problems?
mort at bork.org
Thu Aug 29 08:30:05 EDT 2002
On Wed, 2002-08-28 at 19:18, Milan Budimirovic wrote:
> I have encountered a strange problem with the kernel swap daemon. I have
> a twin PIII-866 server with 3G of RAM. Because I do a lot of keyword
> indexing, I added two swap partitions which totalled a little less than
> 1G (I didn't want to butt up against the 4G barrier). I found that as my
> indexer soaked up more and more RAM, the server crawled to a
> near-standstill. So, I decided, "Hmm, I think I'll just tell the indexer
> to use less RAM and remove the swap partitions. I don't reaaly need the
> extra Gig." BAAAAAD idea. kswapd began to eat clock cycles like there
> was no tomorrow. It was using 99% of the CPU when it wasn't supposed to
> be running at all. What would cause that?
> I am using a 2.4.9 kernel with SMP support. I seem to recall that there
> were some VM issues with the 2.4.x kernels. Is this something that a
> newer kernel is likely to fix? I've built a 2.4.18 kernel but haven't
> installed it yet.
VM in 2.4.9 is broken. You _must_ have a pile of swap (I believe it's
twice the amount of physical RAM). Search through the linux-kernel
mailing list archives for exact details.
I recall that the 2x physical RAM size is basically a requirement, not a
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