Unexplained kernel panic on 5-STABLE (now in 6-STABLE)

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Thu Aug 17 19:18:35 UTC 2006

On Thu, Aug 17, 2006 at 01:24:48PM -0400, John Baldwin wrote:
> On Thursday 17 August 2006 04:20, Peter van Heusden wrote:
> > Thanks for the advice John. I upgraded to 6-STABLE and just got a kernel
> > panic again. Before I list the dump, I'd like to mention two messages I
> > see in my syslog. Firstly, often I get something like this:
> > 
> > kernel: swap_pager: indefinite wait buffer: bufobj: 0, blkno: 151698,
> > size: 28672

This can indicate that your swap disk is failing (or you are using a
nonstandard swap setup like swapping to a file); it means that the
kernel timed out trying to read/write from swap.  If your disk is
failing this can have secondary effects (like panics) from the failed
operation, since data was lost.

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