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Bug#398136: My experience with the debian installation

----- Forwarded message from Kurt Pruenner -----

From: Kurt Pruenner
Reply-To: nslu2-linux at yahoogroups
Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2007 15:40:59 +0100

docgoeken2000 wrote:
> dmesg did report:
> Out of memory: Killed process 21308 (mkfs.ext3).
> Out of memory: Killed process 23487 (mkfs.ext3).

Well, the default behaviour of the linux kernel is to kill processes
that use more memory than is physically available, no matter how much
swap there is.

Try running

echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/overcommit_memory
echo 80 > /proc/sys/vm/overcommit_ratio

in a shell before creating the file systems but after activating swap,
that should help.

Here's some more info on the problem:


Kurt Bernhard Pruenner --- Haendelstrasse 17 --- 4020 Linz --- Austria
.......It might be written "Mindfuck", but it's spelt "L-A-I-N".......
np: Boris Kauer/Autocyklus - Time Control (Für Dich)

----- End forwarded message -----

Martin Michlmayr

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