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Re: R5000 Unused memory (was: R4000SC...)

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Subject: Re: R5000 Unused memory (was: R4000SC...)
From: Ulf Carlsson <ulfc@bun.falkenberg.se>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 23:06:54 +0200
In-reply-to: <19981022222010.A2556@alpha.franken.de>; from Thomas Bogendoerfer on Thu, Oct 22, 1998 at 10:20:10PM +0200
References: <19981013220043.A2620@uni-koblenz.de> <19981015195141.A1697@zigzegv.ml.org> <19981016132433.C3370@uni-koblenz.de> <19981017104618.A3076@zigzegv.ml.org> <19981018111145.J4768@uni-koblenz.de> <19981019111501.A16024@zigzegv.ml.org> <1998102010305 <19981021233814.A3030@alpha.franken.de> <19981022090933.A879@bun.falkenberg.se> <19981022222010.A2556@alpha.franken.de>
> > Anyhow, it isn't normal to have every program complaining about OOM at
> > 14 out of 32 megabytes allocated, no matter if you have swap enabled
> > or not.
> 
> maybe, but what I tried to tell you is that you are barking at the wrong
> corner. This is not a Linux/MIPS problem (if any), but a generic Linux
> problem.

This is _certainly_ a linux/MIPS problem, and _not_ a generic Linux problem.

Maybe I should have explained myself better.

I would be able to run a ls in another console if I had 18 Mb free RAM.
shift-scroll lock shows me that I have enough free pages. When I have around
14 Mb RAM used (summary of all programs, in free) I can't allocate any more in
any application. So, if this was a 2.1 generic Linux problem I wouldn't be able
to use more than 14 Mb RAM on a PC having 32 Mb either, no matter if I split the
that memory into several applications.

(note: this is not any limit problem, I'm running unlimited - and as root)

My Indy acts like it had just 14 Mb of RAM. I can't compile the kernel, I can't
compile egcs, I can't do anything which requires lots of memory..

Yes, I think you are barking at the wrong corner, I haven't seen anything like
this on a 32 Mb intel machine.

Swap isn't working yet, right?

- Ulf

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