Re: fork() failures in 2.1.101

Paul Kimoto (
Tue, 19 May 1998 01:03:28 -0400

On Tue, May 19, 1998 at 05:59:18AM +0200, Rik van Riel wrote:
>>> Free pages: 14136kB
>>> ( 528*4kB 873*8kB 227*16kB 42*32kB 1*64kB 0*128kB = 14136kB)

> Looks like a runaway kswapd... What are the values
> in /proc/sys/vm/freepages like?

Oh, sorry: originally they were at the factory default (that is,
I don't reset them) -- probably "96 192 288". Later on I discovered
linux/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt and tried increasing the .low
and .high values (to ridiculous values) to see what would happen.
It helped a little, but still I wasn't able to run two instances of
"man" at the same time.

-Paul <>

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