2.1.102 crash

Ian and Iris (brooke@jump.net)
Mon, 18 May 1998 07:36:00 -0500

I had recently compiled GTK+, Mozilla, and Wine (all at once). I have
32mb and 32 swap. I was running X and Netscape (at the same time). After
all was done (and MOST things should have been marked clean) I tried
running swapoff -a. (You see, I share my win95 swap file with linux, and
I wanted to run xdos, which means umounting my c: drive). The machine
froze, with periodic short bursts of disk activity. Magic sysrq keys
worked, but the mouse did not. After several minutes of waiting, I
finally gave up and hit alt-sysrq-s, then u, then b (Best I could
remember for sync, umount, and boot). I still had to fsck (auto) and set
a dltime on an inode, though.

THUS: What kind of bad things can swapoff do when the swap-file is still
kinda full? When the kernel swaps stuff out, what must be done to
correctly "Flush" the swapfile? How long should this take? (p166mmx)

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