Subject: misc/28401: vm.maxslp is not really explained by sysctl(3) manual page
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Date: 11/23/2004 18:48:00
>Synopsis: vm.maxslp is not really explained by sysctl(3) manual page
>Arrival-Date: Tue Nov 23 18:48:00 +0000 2004
>Originator: Arto Selonen
>Release: NetBSD 2.99.10 from ~20041123 sources
NetBSD blah 2.99.10 NetBSD 2.99.10 (BLAH) #75: Tue Nov 23 10:34:08 EET 2004 blah@blah:/obj/sys/arch/i386/compile/BLAH i386
'man 3 sysctl' says:
"VM_MAXSLP - The value of the maxslp kernel global variable."
which is not really helpful. It could at least point to
/usr/include/sys/param.h, where the following is offered:
(as it is not very obvious to somebody wondering 'sysctl vm'
output, and trying to interpret it once man pages fail)
* The time for a process to be blocked before being very swappable.
* This is a number of seconds which the system takes as being a non-trivial
* amount of real time. You probably shouldn't change this;
* it is used in subtle ways (fractions and multiples of it are, that is, like
* half of a ``long time'', almost a long time, etc.)
* It is related to human patience and other factors which don't really
* change over time.
#define MAXSLP 20
Try to find out what vm.maxslp means without already knowing it.
Fail after reading man pages. Wonder where to look next.
Either add the description from header file to man page, or
at least add a reference to header file in the man page.