RELENG_7: swap_pager_getswapspace(3): failed

Kris Kennaway kris at
Sun Nov 11 14:48:01 PST 2007

mustkaru wrote:
> Hi,
> I updated to RELENG_7 two yesterday, and under usual load started
> getting hundreds of messages
> swap_pager_getswapspace(3): failed
> The system swap is 96% full; it is less than 20% usually under the
> same load. The system started to kill off processes because of lack of
> swap space:
> pid 52606 (thunderbird-bin), uid 1001, was killed: out of swap space
> swap_pager_getswapspace(2): failed
> pid 13984 (evince), uid 1001, was killed: out of swap space
> I suppose there's no way to get back to the more stable BETA2 ? When
> cvsuping, I noticed
> 52815 Nov  8 14:03 vm_page.c
> had been changed. Might it be related to that? Might a next possible
> change in that get back a more stable swapper. . .?

This means you ran out of swap space because applications were 
requesting more virtual memory than your system contains.  This is an 
application issue, not a kernel issue.


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