swap_pager: indefinite wait buffer

Chuck Swiger cswiger at mac.com
Mon Nov 12 12:02:41 PST 2007

On Nov 12, 2007, at 7:38 AM, Brian McCann wrote:
> Hi all.  I'm sure some of you have seen this, and I'm looking for some
> advice.  I've got 2 servers now that will completely lockup (one is
> 6.1-p4, the other 6.2-p7), and just display this on the console:
> swap_pager: indefinite wait buffer: bufobj: 0, blkno: 33, size: 4096
> It repeats and continues to be frozen until I reboot the machine.

It means that the swap system was unable to retrieve info from the  
disk in a reasonable period of time, and generally is a strong sign  
that the disk drive is in the final stages of failing.  Running  
smartmonutils or a manufacturer's test utility is recommended....


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