Re: 2.4.16 memory badness (reproducible)

From: Leigh Orf (
Date: Sat Dec 08 2001 - 13:54:17 EST

Ken Brownfield wrote:

| This parallels what I'm seeing -- perhaps inode/dentry cache
| bloat is causing the memory issue (which mimics if not _is_
| a memory leak) _and_ my kswapd thrashing? It fits both the
| situation you report and what I'm seeing with I/O across a
| large number of files (inodes) -- updatedb, smb, NFS, etc.
| I think Andrea was on to this issue, so I'm hoping his work
| will help. Have you tried an -aa kernel or an aa patch onto
| a 2.4.17-pre4 to see how the kernel's behavior changes?
| --
| Ken.

I get the exact same behavior with 2.4.17-pre4-aa1 - many applications
abort with ENOMEM after updatedb (filling the buffer and cache). Is
there another kernel/patch I should try?

Leigh Orf

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