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Re: [opensuse-support] Unresponsive desktop

Am Sonntag, 3. Februar 2019, 14:33:24 CET schrieb Carlos E. R.:
After several days running, this morning it locked as soon as I
changed workspaces. I noticed kswapd0 was busy long time, and that
firefox had about 10 gigs of virtual memory. The disk activity led
was solid blue. I couldn't find out more, the machine froze and had
to be hard rebooted.

It's probably not the answer you are looking for, but I'll propose it

Disable your swap.

Obviously that means that you'll have less "memory" available, but IMHO
that has some advantages:
- you avoid the "swap to death" situation (freezing the system while
- programs eating up RAM get killed earlier, and you get an OOM killer
log entry that tells you which process ate too much RAM

Personally, I don't use swap since years [1], and I'm completely happy
with it. I remember a few rare cases where a program ate up memory and
was killed, but the alternative would have been to let it swap, fill the
swap, and then being killed - after freezing the system (aka "swap to
death") for a while ;-)


Christian Boltz

[1] My previous laptop had 4 GB RAM, this one 16 GB - both had a full
server stack (LAMP, Dovecot etc.) + KDE running

Aber was macht [KDE] bei mir? Es zeigt xterms und Hintergrundbilder an.
Aus meiner Sicht ist letzteres die Funktion, die es am besten
beherrscht. Sehr schöne Bilder sind das. [Lars Müller in opensuse-de]

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