RE: 2.4.16 memory badness (fixed?)

From: M. Edward Borasky (
Date: Mon Dec 10 2001 - 11:29:05 EST

> -----Original Message-----
> I just can't understand why the kernel wouldn't tag application memory
> as being more important than buff/cache and free up some of that stuff
> when an application calls for it. I mean, it won't even use the gobs of
> swap I have. That just seems to be a plain ol' bug to me.

It's not strictly a bug ... it's a design decision that has unfortunate
consequences. A simple fix would be to allow the system administrator to set
an upper limit on the size of the page cache.

M. Edward Borasky

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