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[vox-tech] linux kernel problem (you may want to read this)

----- Forwarded message from Marcelo Tosatti <marcelo@conectiva.com.br> -----

Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 17:03:53 -0200 (BRST)
From: Marcelo Tosatti <marcelo@conectiva.com.br>
To: Peter Jay Salzman <p@dirac.org>
Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: kswapd and system response

On Sat, 24 Nov 2001, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:

> hi there,
> every so often, my system (2.4.13 smp) gets really sloooooow.   a typical top
> looks something like:
>     5 root      14   0     0    0     0 RW   99.9  0.0   7:52 kswapd
>     7 root       9   0     0    0     0 SW    1.9  0.0   0:04 kupdated
>  2053 root      13   0   984  984   776 R     0.7  0.4   0:01 top
>  2063 p          9   0  2080 2080  1292 S     0.3  0.9   0:00 vim
> kswapd is definitely not behaving correctly.
> the thing that brought it on this time was gtv (an mpeg viewer which uses
> sdl) bailed on me.   X "kind of" froze, so i killed it.  but that's only the
> cause this time around.  last time, it happened between the time of going to
> bed and waking up (ie- the system was pretty much idling from a user's pov).
> this has been happening with the 2.4.13 kernel every couple of days.
> i thought i'd post it to lkml to let someone know that there's a problem.
> i'm not subscribed to the list, so if there's anything else i can do to help
> diagnose what's going on next time it happens, please cc me.
> i feel like such a loser when i reboot.   ;)   i heard that 2.4.15 was just
> released, so i'll try upgrading to that and see if it helps any.

Don't use 2.4.15: it may corrupt your filesystem.

I just released 2.4.16-pre1 which has a fix for this problem...

Please try it and tell us if you still see the kswapd problems.

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