Subject: Re: swap leakage?
To: Jan-Hinrich Fessel <email@example.com>
From: John Dyson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/06/1995 10:19:30
> In message <18453.815621505@BALVENIE.PDL.CS.CMU.EDU>you write:
> > > > I think this problem is real, considering the number of people who have
> > > > reported it.
> > >
> > > It certainly is real. It's an old problem in the VM code.
> > And, unless i'm mistaken, it was one of the first problems that the
> > FreeBSD folks fixed in their VM code. (Granted the fix was a hack...
> > but which is better: "hacked" or "broken"?)
> Maybe they fixed this one, but I like it better the way it works in NetBSD,
> than in FreeBSD 2.x which crashes our machine up to twice a day ...
Try fixing your hardware -- there are many problems that are very OS
sensitive. The VM system is most likely not crashing your system. We
recently had a problem that we thought was a VM system problem on
a "very important" freebsd site -- and a careful analysis is pointing
to a 2bit memory error!!!! If NetBSD works best for you -- fine, but
buying more memory is not always an option (Triton MBs). Note that there
are very big sites very very heavily loaded running FreeBSD -- and probably
likewise NetBSD, Linux. One thing that we have noticed is that users
complaining -- about ready to trash FreeBSD, many times "repent" after
replacing ram chips. (That isn't to say that there aren't bugs -- it
is just that it is not fair to judge when experiments are not controlled
thereby eliminating other variables.)
Note also there are driver differences -- disk I/O probelms can manifest
themselves as kernel crashes -- since FreeBSD has UPAGE swapping