Bug 84172 - continuous hard-drive swapping
Summary: continuous hard-drive swapping
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mount
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Elliot Lee
QA Contact: Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-02-13 00:49 UTC by Nick Elias
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:51 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-07-07 19:05:22 UTC

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Description Nick Elias 2003-02-13 00:49:38 UTC
Description of problem:

I reboot my machine.  A few minutes after I log in, the light on the CD-ROM 
drive lights about once per second (along with a quick interaction with the 
hard drive).  Sometimes, the machine goes into continuous hard-drive swapping 
that lasts indefinitely.  I check top and ps, and do not recognize any program 
that could be causing this problem.  Is there a bug in a daemon, or should I 
turn a daemon off?

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Comment 1 Elliot Lee 2003-07-30 20:32:11 UTC
magicdev checks the CD-ROM drive every 5-10 seconds - that may be what you're 
referring to.

Other than that, no idea. If you're wanting a bug fixed, we'd need information on 
reproducing the problem.

Comment 2 Nick Elias 2003-07-30 20:41:30 UTC
The CD-ROM checking appears not to be a bug.  OK.

Unfortunately, I don't know what causes the hard-drive to begin swapping.  I 
can hard-boot the machine, log in, and let it sit.  Usually within a day or two 
the swapping will begin.

Comment 3 Elliot Lee 2003-07-30 21:11:08 UTC
Usually systems start swapping because lots of memory is being used. Find out why the 
system is going to swap, what RAM is being used for, and any other info that might help.

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