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Re: swap not being used

On Mon, Dec 23, 2002 at 02:01:15PM +0100, martin f krafft wrote:
> also sprach Paul Johnson <baloo@ursine.dyndns.org> [2002.12.23.1256 +0100]:
> > >   Mem:        516580     475844      40736          0     170540     224736
> > >   -/+ buffers/cache:      80568     436012
> > >   Swap:       996020          0     996020
> > > 
> > > now say i'll start openoffice and mozilla and a couple of others, just to
> > > consume RAM. the system will not use the swap space. any idea why not?
> > 
> > You haven't consumed all RAM yet.
> I have, although then I was unable to get a free output as the system
> was very unresponsive, the mouse very quirky, and it would hardlock
> sooner or later.

Create a swapfile and mount it (mounting with priority > 0 may help).
See if it swaps to the swapfile.  If not, I'd say your kernel is
somehow broken.

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