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Re: i still can't install linux!

On Thu, 19 Oct 2000, Mark Janssen wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Oct 2000, Marino wrote:
> > Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 16:08:45 +0200
> > From: Marino <marino@abanet.it>
> > To: Mark Janssen <maniac@markjanssen.homeip.net>
> > Subject: Re: i still can't install linux!
> > 
> > yes, in the console F4 always run this message:
> > 
> > VM: do_try_to_free_pages failed for kswapd
> > .....
> Yep... that message means.... out of memory....
> so... I guest you need a little big more

   No. It does not mean out of memory. I have it too from time to time 
on my laptop except I have 192MB of RAM and during those times top says
I have in the order of 80MB of cache and 40+MB of buffers. RAM is
available, RAM is plentiful, ... but htere's a kernel bug:

   A Google search quickly gave me a link to:
   Bug#68471: VM: do_try_to_free_pages failed for...

   > For some time now I'm getting log-messages like the following:
   > Jul 26 22:16:11 deep-thought kernel: VM: do_try_to_free_pages
   > failed for XF86_SVGA...

   Known problem, the VM subsystem is still being sorted out.  Hopefully
   the revised potato release will have a kernel with a better VM.

   And Rik van Riel seems to be working on it as shown by:
   On my laptop I also see 20seconds, 30second long or more network
freezes: the laptop stops responding to even pings. I can still open it
and login on it but since I'm using it mostly other the network this is
very annoying.
   Now I'm not entirely sure if this is related to the messages above
but if it is it could explain the problems you are having.

   Now, I hope 2.2.18 comes out soon.

Francois Gouget         fgouget@free.fr        http://fgouget.free.fr/
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                                  -- Paul Dean

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