really strange problem

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at swbell.net
Fri Feb 7 17:57:11 PST 2003


torsten wrote:

>I think it was an out of memory error.  Linux has never managed
>the swap well, and many programs fail rather than make use of it.
>
>As it stand, my system is very busy, and swap is about 60% full.
>
>So, I quit some programs, recompiled php, and all worked.
>My laptop has only 192M ram.
>

Programs don't manage swap, the kernel does.  Programs can't tell the 
difference between swap and RAM (except for execution time).  If you run 
out of RAM and swap, the kernel automatically starts killing processes. 
 That could have caused your problem.

  -- Bruce

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