Dear XFS team,
the new 2.4.3-XFS kernel seems to cause problems on my machine. If I use
XMMS and Opera at the same time, there seems to be a point (after approx.
10-15 min) after which my system starts to swap constantly, lefting an
unusable system with zero processor time. Interestingly, it is neccessary
to run *both* application to have a reproducable hangup. The described
problem does not happen if using 2.4.2-XFS. If one runs top with realtime
priority in an terminal, one can see that the system memory is exausted.
I have about 200 MB RAM, with 2.4.2-XFS and running both application, I
still have about 40 MB RAM free (swap partition not used), with 2.4.3-XFS,
on the other hand, the memory is used up until the observed swapping and
the subsequent hangup.
I am using Red Hat 7.1 and installed XFS from the installer 1.0 and
updated the XFS associated packages to 1.0.1. I am asking you first
because the problem does not happen if using 2.4.2-XFS, though I am not
sure whether this problem is attributed to the orignal Red Hat kernel
tree, the two applications or the XFS part.
I also have a second problem with the XFS kernel. I have both a Matrox
G-100 and 3dfx Voodoo 3 2000 graphics card. If I use the 2.4.2 kernel
from Red Hat, the card runs under XFree86-4.0.3 (that came along the Red
Hat distribution) with full 3D acceleration. If I use the 2.4.2-XFS
kernel, most of the 3D intensive application (e. g. Loki games) crashes
immediatly after starting or the system hangs up after a few seconds.
Also the X server hangs up sometimes. Currently, I circumvent this
problem by using the Matrix card. But I really would like to know why
such wired things happen.
Yue Shi Lai