Running with vm.overcommit_memory=2

Hans Kristian Rosbach hk at
Thu Feb 17 14:38:12 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-02-17 at 15:32, Ralf Ertzinger wrote:
> Hi.
> Rex Dieter <rdieter at> wrote:
> > I wouldn't even think about running a system with *0* swap these days.
> Throwing (virtual) memory at the problem is certainly going to make it
> go away, I am sure. It just is not right. 640MB is not exactly a small
> amount of memory (be it real or virtual).

But the kernel has been known to behave strangely when it does not have
ANY swap space at all. Even 10MB could solve the problem.

I don't know what the technical problem is but I have had customers with
just this problem where it could be solved perfectly with just a little
10MB swapfile.


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