Subject: Re: Excessive swapping / Memory problems
To: Vincent van Scherpenseel <>
From: matthew sporleder <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/06/2006 14:19:45
On 9/6/06, Vincent van Scherpenseel <> wrote:
> Hi list,
> Since last week I'm having problems with processes getting Killed out of
> nowhere on my NetBSD 1.6.2 machine. I searched the /var/log/messages log
> and learnt that this is due to the machine running out of swap.
> When I run 'top' it shows me this:
> Memory: 38M Act, 23M Inact, 1792K Wired, 5016K Exec, 25M File, 10M Free
> Swap: 256M Total, 256M Used, 336K Free
> dmesg shows:
> total memory = 97904 KB
> avail memory = 87520 KB
> There is 1 stick of 64mb SD-RAM in the machine and 1 stick of 32mb.
> Is my assumption right that the memory is most probably faulty?

It's probably not a bad assumption, but having all of these different
reported sizes is normal on netbsd.  The whole memory thing is a
little odd.  :)

It could be that you're actually running out of swap and you simply
need more of it.  (why are you using so much swap, anyway?)