Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 101455
Upgrade to 2.4.20-19.8 kernel causes swap thrashing
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:56:30 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.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
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..."
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)...
Upgraded kernel should fix things, not break them.
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.
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
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and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/