Subject: swap problem
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Patrick Welche <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/05/1998 18:40:06
Basically, when I run out of swap my i386 computer freezes - no panic,
it just stops. What if anything can I do about it?!

NetBSD 1.3 (QUARTZ) #34: Mon Jan  5 13:36:52 GMT 1998
cputime         unlimited
filesize        unlimited
datasize        1048576 kbytes
stacksize       32768 kbytes
coredumpsize    unlimited
memoryuse       28628 kbytes
memorylocked    28628 kbytes
maxproc         532 
openfiles       1772 
# swapctl -lk
Device      1K-blocks     Used    Avail Capacity  Priority
/dev/sd0b      102400        4   102396     0%    0

ie., yesterday's userland and kernel, 32Mb memory 100Mb swap. I then
run X, top, and ImageMagick's animate *.tga on 50 1Mb stills of
cordierite. top shows swap disappearing to 12k then all freezes - no
keyboard input, time for the reset button...

Any thoughts / musings appreciated,