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Old 07-10-2003, 11:49 AM   #1
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Question Is this machine too slow? Kernel cannot handle page request error.


I have this machine set up as a Postfix/Spamassassin mail relay server for our LAN (125 users). When it works, it kicks serious *ss. The problem is it crashes (completely) every couple of days under load. The error message in /var/log/messages reads

[Kernel] Unable to handle page request.
and then a whole bunch of gibberish.

The machine specs are as follows

p-II 266, 256mb ram, 10Gb hdd, two nics (one 3com, one lynksys isa), and a slim installation of Redhat 9 running only Postfix, Spamassassin, and Iptables as services.

Is this indicative of a memory issue? Or is the machine just too old to serve in this capacity?
 
Old 07-10-2003, 12:14 PM   #2
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How large is your swap partition? It almost sounds like the kernel was trying to read a page from memory, but an error occured in the read/write process. I'm not sure what kind of requirements the apps that your running need, but I would think that 256 MB would be a wee bit on the small side for any app that is serving 125 users. Any chance you can post what the bunch of gibberish is under the error message?

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Old 07-10-2003, 12:26 PM   #3
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My swap partition (created automatically) is 512mb, approximatly twice the size of the physical ram. It does scream memory problem.
 
Old 07-10-2003, 12:36 PM   #4
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Try running Memtest86 on it and maybe you'll find a memory issue. Another diagnostic tool I would suggest is Gkrellm. Even if you are not running X on the server box I think you can run Gkrellm on it and then connect to it using another machine running X.... at least this would give you a real time look at memory usage and swap usage.

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Old 07-10-2003, 12:46 PM   #5
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I will give that a shot right now. Thanks a lot for the advice and the link. Hope this works. Spamassassin is really cool.
 
  


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