Can't get free page while making filesystem ...
Nathan E Norman writes:
> I'm sure I saw a post about this in the past few weeks. I've got a P-90
> with 24 MB of RAM that I'm trying to make useful ... so I rounded up a
> bunch of SCSI drives to toss in it. However, when I try to make
> filesystems on the 2 gig drives, it says it can't get a free page, and
> freezes. When formatting a 1 gig drive, it says it can't get a free
> page, but manages to recover and finish the filesystem (As far as I can
> Let's see, important info ... we're running Debian 1.3, kernel 2.0.30.
> The drives are a mixed bag ... Conner and Quantum for the 2 gigs, IBM
> and HP for the 1 gigs. There's also a Seagate and a Quantum in the
> machine (yes, it's a junkman's special). I'm sure I've forgotten some
> pertinent info ...
> Any ideas?
> Nathan Norman : Hostmaster CFNI : firstname.lastname@example.org
> finger email@example.com for PGP public key and other stuff
> Key fingerprint = CE 03 10 AF 32 81 18 58 9D 32 C2 AB 93 6D C4 72
This seems to be a problem with the 2.0.30 kernels. Try using the
2.0.29 kernel in the latest boot-disk set (dated 1997-05-28 or later).
You can also try increasing /proc/sys/vm/freepages values; this
apparently raises the threshold before the paging problems of the '30
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