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Re: Froze Up: Lack of Memory

on Tue, Nov 28, 2000 at 03:39:42PM -0500, Harry Henry Gebel (hgebel@magpage.com) wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 28, 2000 at 12:03:12PM -0800, kmself@ix.netcom.com wrote:
> > on Tue, Nov 28, 2000 at 07:20:53AM -0800, Greg Strockbine (gstrock@pacbell.net) wrote:
> > > My system totally froze up, apparently to memory exhaustion?  Can this
> > > be?
> > 
> > Similarly, 256 MB, recently upgraded from 96 MB.  First thing I did was
> > open a bunch of monsters and, sure enough, killed the box.  Rebooted
> > with magic sys rq.
> > 
> Won't ALT-SysRq-K kill all of the programs on the X terminal, thereby
> probably killing the process using the most memory and keeping you from
> having to reboot)? The Sysrq docs imply that it will, but I never found out
> about Magic SysRq until after the Mach64 xserver advanced past the stage
> where it locks up all of the time, so I haven't been able to test it.

In theory, yes.

In this particular practice, no, it did not.  I think I may also have
triggered a kernel bug -- I was getting those "VM freeing memory"
messages to console.  I synched and mounted RO drives, killed processes,
and booted.

Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>     http://www.netcom.com/~kmself
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