Re: Hardcore trashing without any swap

From: LÃszlà Monda
Date: Fri Jun 11 2010 - 08:53:56 EST

On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 2:16 PM, Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Jun 2010 02:10:33 +0200
> LÃszlà Monda <laci@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi List,
>> The problem I'm facing with is very simple, yet extremely irritating
>> in nature. ÂI have a laptop with 4G RAM and I don't use any swap.
>> Whenever the RAM is full my system keeps trashing. ÂThis makes X and
>> SSH completely unresponsive for about a hour then a bunch of processes
>> gets killed and it's usable again.
>> How is possible that my system is trashing even though I don't use any swap?
> Because you don't have any swap. Its having to dump stuff it doesn't want
> to like bits of applications that it can retrieve back from disk.

I can read what you wrote but cannot really understand it. Please
tell me where my logic fails:

No swap -> no dedicated space on disk to dump stuff -> no disk I/O
should happen at all

>> I'd expect the kernel to immediately kill the largest process without
>> any trashing so I could continue my work right after the event. ÂHow
>> is it possible to configure?
> It isn't.
> However if you want to avoid overcommit and thrashing play with
> /proc/sys/vm/overcommit*

LÃszlà Monda <>
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