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Bug#73014: kernel panic/paging error

From: Marcus Brinkmann
Subject: Bug#73014: kernel panic/paging error
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 01:32:16 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.1.4i

Package: hurd
Version: 20000921

On Mon, Oct 02, 2000 at 08:48:54PM +0000, Frederico S. Muñoz wrote:
> >  Seems that the process /hurd/pflocal has a memory leak.  Very
> > repeatable, most often triggered by apps that use advanced terminal
> > functions (screen, vi, dselect for example).  If not killed, the process
> > will swap my box to death.  OTOH, after I've killed such runaway processes
> > once or twice, the problem doesn't usually occur again.
> Indeed, the same happens to me... and many times it swaps so much that
> I can't even kill anything because even ps Aux will not work; only
> reset will end its misery.

I am seeing this, too, but it's news to me. Today is the first time I really
saw it happen.

pflocal get's suddenly nervous, and memory usage blows up, within a few
seconds it sucks up all availalable RAM, and then swap (but slower). I saw a
swap decrease of 4 MB every few seconds.

It's hard to get diagnostic info at this stage. I could run one "ps aux",
which showed a memory usage of 66 MB, but after that, I could not get the
number of ports nor the number of threads. I will try to get more info.

Maybe it is related to the pflocal changes without the corresponding new
glibc, and updating glibc fixes that.

Anyway, for the record, I submit it as a Debian bug. Please drop
submit@bugs.debian.org when replying.


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