Subject: Re: Excessive swapping / Memory problems
To: Vincent van Scherpenseel <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/07/2006 09:07:15
Vincent van Scherpenseel <> writes:
> 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?

No one else has mentioned this, so I will.

How much swap space do you have configured, and are you sure it is
properly configured? If you have somehow turned off your swap
partition, that could explain a sudden change in behavior.