why the swapping

Alexander Polakov polachok at narod.ru
Thu May 18 09:37:22 PDT 2006

On Thu, 18 May 2006 07:33:07 -0400
Tim Middleton <x at vex.net> wrote:

> Running 6.0-release, with 2 gig ram. Typical memory stats like this (from 
> top):
> 626M Active, 
> 1045M Inact, 
> 204M Wired, 
> 75M Cache, 
> 112M Buf, 
> 22M Free
> Under moderately high load i'm seeing a lot of swapping periodically through 
> the day (and then load avg going way, way up, of course). I'm wondering why 
> is there, with so much inactive memory, so much disk swapping?
> The machine runs some fairly intense stuff, such as squid, postgresql, and 
> zope; but it seems to me there should be enough RAM to cover all of this 
> without swapping. What am I missing? Am i misinterpretting the stats, and 
> just not understanding how the vm works?
> -- 
> Tim Middleton | Vex.Net    | There is a wisdom that is woe; but there 
> x at veX.net     | VexTech.ca | is a woe that is madness. --Melville (MD)
maybe you have to set
vm.swap_enabled=0 ?

Best regards. Alexander "polachok" Polakov 

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