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Bug 3128

Summary: kernel panic when swap space exhausted.
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: simra
Component: kernelAssignee: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Hardware: i386   
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Last Closed: 1999-05-29 15:53:57 UTC Type: ---
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Description simra 1999-05-28 18:37:49 UTC
Here's my system: i686, 128MB RAM, 136548k swap space.
kernel 2.2.5-15,  passing kernel flag "mem=128M".

When my swap space is exhausted, the machine simply stops.
It's not thrashing- it just stops.  No mouse response, no
keyboard response, the HD LED is not on.

It's very difficult to collect any other diagnostics, but I
was watching 'top' as the machine ran out of memory and top
observed that the swap space remaining was 0k.

I will forward this bug report to

Comment 1 simra 1999-05-28 18:40:59 UTC
I should mention that I'm using the stock kernel from the redhat
distro. The following modules were resident:

Module                  Size  Used by
nfs                    29944   9  (autoclean)
lockd                  30856   1  (autoclean) [nfs]
sunrpc                 52356   1  (autoclean) [nfs lockd]
3c59x                  18920   1  (autoclean)


Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-05-29 15:53:59 UTC
The "solution" is to add more swap space. There are many, many
deadlock conditions in the kernel that can be exercised by running
out of swap.