Re: system crash
Yes, this is a sign of an out-of-memory condition. I'm still using pine
for my email..just never get around to porting my current setup to mutt
and verifying it. But one time I decided to split up my saved-mail folder
for debian-user, and pine ended up taking about 200MB in memory due to the
sheer number of messages in the folder.
On 24 Sep 2000, Brian May wrote:
> Just previously, while viewing high resolution images in gqview,
> my computer completely crashed (nothing worked, no network, mouse pointer
> didn't move, no keys did anything, etc). I had to cold reset my
> In my log file, I saw the following suspicious message:
> Sep 24 11:28:55 snoopy kernel: VM: do_try_to_free_pages failed for kswapd...
> Sep 24 11:30:10 snoopy kernel: VM: do_try_to_free_pages failed for kupdate...
> Sep 24 11:35:42 snoopy kernel: VM: do_try_to_free_pages failed for kswapd...
> Sep 24 11:35:53 snoopy kernel: VM: do_try_to_free_pages failed for panel...
> Sep 24 11:36:16 snoopy kernel: VM: do_try_to_free_pages failed for gpm...
> Sep 24 11:40:06 snoopy kernel: VM: do_try_to_free_pages failed for kswapd...
> Sep 24 11:41:54 snoopy kernel: VM: do_try_to_free_pages failed for kswapd...
> which, to me, might suggest a low memory problem. Is this analysis
> However, I have 128Mb real ram on this computer:
> snoopy# free
> total used free shared buffers cached
> Mem: 128216 120880 7336 123764 6800 48280
> -/+ buffers/cache: 65800 62416
> Swap: 192740 552 192188
> So, if I really did run out of memory, there must be a serious memory
> leak somewhere...
> According to my tests, gqview seems to leak memory like anything, but
> I would be surprised if it use 62Mb+192Mb...
> I have:
> snoopy# dpkg -l gqview kernel-source-2.2.17
> | Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
> |/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
> ||/ Name Version Description
> ii gqview 0.7.0e1-1 A simple image viewer using GTK+
> ii kernel-source- 2.2.17pre6-1 Linux kernel source for version 2.2.17
> (of course I compiled the kernel:
> snoopy# uname -a
> Linux snoopy 2.2.17 #1 Wed Jul 5 17:57:21 EST 2000 i686 unknown
>  changing to another image, in full screen mode, uses approx 3Mb
> more memory. This memory is never freed, until the program exits. The
> images are 1152x864 24bit (?) jpeg files, under 200kb each
> Are there any good X-based full screen image viewing programs that
> don't leak memory?
> Brian May <email@example.com>
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