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Re: [SLUG] linux grinding to a halt
- To: "Glen Turner" <glen.turner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] linux grinding to a halt
- From: Christopher Booth <christopher.booth@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue Feb 19 14:14:02 2002
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Organization: Fuji Xerox Australia
On Tue, 19 Feb 2002 12:46:22 +1030 (CST)
"Glen Turner" <glen.turner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, 19 Feb 2002, Christopher Booth wrote:
> The machine is probably running out of memory and thrasing the disk
> because it is writing to swap. The I/O queues get very long, and any
> process that needs I/O stalls. Anything else you do simply forces more
> memory to be paged in or out, worsening the I/O situation. Eventually
> anything that needs memory stalls.
> If you have enough swap then waiting a while, changing to the text console
> and killing the biggest memory hog will probably get the machine back.
I couldn't even get any key strokes to register, to change to the text console
> The Linux 2.4 kernel is really horrible for this problem. The combination
> of poor virtual memory performance and high latency when doing disk I/O
> make swap thrashing a lot worse than it need be.
> Your swap should be about double the amount of physical memory. Even then
> you will get some swap thrashing, this is why big UNIX machines have
> separate swap disks.
That would be why, I have 128MB ram and 70 meg swap partition, I might have to create a secondary swap file.
Can a swap file reside on the fat16 partition as that is the only partition that I've got write access to with space on it?