Pagedaemon and shared memory [was: Heavy system load by pagedaemon].

soralx at soralx at
Sun May 28 21:59:41 PDT 2006

> with 512Mb. The vmware guest (a Windows 2000) is allocated 256Mb. Every
> once in a while (around five times a day), the machine freezes. The clock
> on the toolbar stops counting the seconds. I have top running on a session
> from another machine (it is a second machine I can switch to using KVM)
> which also freezes (no screen refresh). Disk activity is heavy (lamp is
> on). After over 30 seconds, the machine is back to normal and everything
> works fine. The vmware process resident size goes down from ~200Mb to
> ~100Mb. I also notices some relations to running acroread 7 with large PDF
> files (which might also need shared memory for its operation). I had the
> exact same problem on the same box when I was running FreeBSD 4.10 (which
> I attributed at first to a bad disk, which was replaced when I upgraded
> from 4.10 to 6.1).

Isn't this normal? I noticed long time ago that paging always causes
freezes, as though there is no context switching during swapping at all.

[SorAlx]  ridin' VN1500-B2

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