Bug 101455 - Upgrade to 2.4.20-19.8 kernel causes swap thrashing
Upgrade to 2.4.20-19.8 kernel causes swap thrashing
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-08-01 09:57 EDT by Mitch Pirtle
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:56 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 11:41:23 EDT
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Description Mitch Pirtle 2003-08-01 09:57:56 EDT
Description of problem:
I installed RH8.0 on my laptop (IBM ThinkPad T30), and everything was fine. 
Then I upgraded the kernel to 2.4.20-19.8, as per up2date.  Now when I boot into
the 2.4.20-19.8 kernel, 'vmstat 1' reports constant si and so, despite having
plenty of ram...

Rebooting into the old 2.4.18-4 kernel makes it go away.

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How reproducible:
Guaranteed, tested over two days and too durn many reboots.  :^/

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Get a TP T30
2. Slap RH8 on it
3. Run up2date, do the kernel mambo
4. Sing "Anticipation..."
Actual results:
A laptop that is not manageable due to pitiful performance, and I'm easy to
please (living on a dual PIII-450 MHz at home)...

Expected results:
Upgraded kernel should fix things, not break them.

Additional info:
I already lost plenty of time thinking it was RPM or apt4rpm related, now it is
quite clear that it is a kernel/swap issue.
Comment 1 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 11:41:23 EDT
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/

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