PCBSD 10.0 crashing all the time

Roland Smith rsmith at xs4all.nl
Wed Apr 2 18:44:53 UTC 2014

On Tue, Apr 01, 2014 at 03:04:11PM -0600, Terry Todd wrote:
> I have a system that I installed PCBSD 10.0 on that has 6G of memory
> that keeps crashing all the time.  It will run for a few days and
> then build up the amount of swap used until it exhausts it and then
> crashes.
> top output:
> last pid: 47897;  load averages:  2.65,  2.56,  2.66                                                              up 4+01:21:07  15:57:52
> 168 processes: 2 running, 165 sleeping, 1 zombie
> CPU: 28.8% user,  0.0% nice, 49.4% system,  0.0% interrupt, 21.8% idle
> Mem: 2694M Active, 471M Inact, 2291M Wired, 3276K Cache, 290M Free
> ARC: 933M Total, 42M MFU, 740M MRU, 226K Anon, 14M Header, 137M Other
> Swap: 2304M Total, 1911M Used, 393M Free, 82% Inuse
> The swap numbers just keep increasing.  They never go down.
> The only main apps running are xterm, firefox and konqueror.
> Any ideas on how to fix it?

Leave ‘top -S’ running, and set it to sort the processes by resident set size (type
‘o’ and then ‘res’<enter>). Then you should be able to tell which process is
eating all your memory. If it is a multithreaded process like Firefox, run
‘top -SH’ to narrow the problem down.

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