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Re: netbsd-6: pagedaemon freeze when low on memory

On Mon, Mar 04, 2013 at 02:43:47PM -0500, Richard Hansen wrote:
> Hi all,
> I believe I have found a bug in the pagedaemon (uvm_pageout() in
> src/sys/uvm/uvm_pdaemon.c) that causes the system to freeze when the
> kmem_arena runs low (<10% free):
>   1. line 254: uvm_km_va_starved_p() returns true
>   2. line 258: the !kmem_va_starved condition prevents the pagedaemon
> from sleeping
>   3. lines 330--346: no memory is freed -- it's all still in use
>   4. go to step #1

I've seen this too. One underlying issue is that the callbacks called
to free memory (e.g. reclaim from pool caches or buffer/vnode caches) do care
about physical memory but not about kernel virtual memory. This should probably
be fixed.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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