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Re: Softupdates makes the system freeze!
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: Softupdates makes the system freeze!
- From: Morten Liebach <morten_(_at_)_hotpost_(_dot_)_dk>
- Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 18:08:24 +0200
- Mail-followup-to: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
On 3, Oct, 2000 at 04:55:57PM +0200, Hans Insulander wrote:
> Morten Liebach <morten_(_at_)_hotpost_(_dot_)_dk> writes:
> > On 3, Oct, 2000 at 10:03:20AM +0200, Hans Insulander wrote:
> > > Morten Liebach <morten_(_at_)_hotpost_(_dot_)_dk> writes:
> > >
> > > > Hi!
> > > >
> > > > Enabling softupdates on my machine makes the system freeze solid, and
> > > > there's only a hard reset left ...
> > >
> > > > Are softupdates brokena?
> > > > Has anyone experienced something similar?
> > >
> > > How much memory do you have?
> > 64 megs!
> > > I run soft updates on most of my machines, and it's rock solid. However,
> > > you need at least 64 megs of ram, or you will most likely run into troubles.
What I don't understand is where the RAM is lacking for this stuff, I
mean, it isn't that much data that is kept off disk 'till a later date,
or is it?
The only thing that takes more memory is maintaining the order of when
stuff should be written to disk, and it makes it possible to keep more
(meta)data in memory, right?
I can't imagine that it can take _that_ much more RAM, so what is it
then? Doesn't different "things" talk correctly with each other or what?
Or do I not understand what softupdates do, and how they work? (likely)
> > Weird, I say, I'm not in luck with this it seems, so I'll just have to
> > live without it I guess.
> > Thanks for the info, though, I was at first worried I had bad RAM, but
> > it seemed to be diskactivity that made the system crash, and I had just
> > enabled softupdates so ...
> When i think about it, i realize that i currently don't have eny machine
> with less than 128 Megs that runs soft updates, so it may be that you
> actually need 64 Megs. I cant really see why so many people have problem
> with it... I must have sacrified more goats or something :-)
I'm a lab-technician, does it count that we use blood for the bacteria
from time to time, animals are killed for that!
> > I hope it gets better for the release, it's my own fault running
> > -current. ;-)
> Not likely IMO.
Not likely that it will get better?! Damn!
Morten (looking for money for more RAM) ;-)
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