Subject: Re: rdist eating up VM
To: Laine Stump <laine@MorningStar.Com>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/13/1997 14:57:50
	Just out of curiosity, are there any plans to integrate the latest
	rdist 6.1.3 from USC (


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On Sat, 12 Apr 1997, Laine Stump wrote:

> We have an rdist Distfile that we use to keep all of /usr/local in sync
> on 6 P6's running 1.2.1. Today after adding another packet to the master
> machine, rdist got down to the last machine, and started spitting out
> errors:
>   rdist: /usr/local/X/lib/X11/xdm/xdm-pid: out of memory
>   rdist: /usr/local/X/lib/X11/xdm/xdm-errors: out of memory
>   rdist: /usr/local/lib/krb5kdc: out of memory
>   rdist: *~: out of memory
>   rdist: *.core: out of memory
> (these are files in the "except_pat" list).
> So, I ran the command again while running top. It showed that, even when
> there were no files left to update, rdist grew by over 10MB for each
> target machine, and didn't free that memory when moving on to the
> next. By the 6th machine, vm usage was up to 64MB (I've set max vm per
> process to 64MB on these machines), and rdist started complaining.
> I'd like to know if this problem exists in -current (it's fairly easy to
> see if you have several machines - run top while doing rdist of a large
> directory). If so, (and if there isn't a pr filed already) I'll file a
> pr so it can get fixed.