This is driving me nuts because I had swapd working with kernel 2.4.27, but I remember I had to do some tweaking to get it going...but I can't remember what the tweaks were.
Now I've had at least one instance where the system ran out of memory and started thrashing which resulted in a VERY non-graceful shutdown (had to pull the plug).
I seem to remember seeing that the util-linux package had to be downgraded for swapd to work but am not sure.
Symptoms are as follows:
1. Increased "memlimit" in /etc/swapd.conf from 32K to 128K to test.
2. In Gnome crank up a bunch of Mozilla processes including some web pages with Java.
3. See free memory using 'free' fall below 128K, no swap files created.
I guess I'll compile it with debug set to yes and see what
happens. Also, do the mkswap that it (should) do manually
and see what happens.
I know I'm not the only person that's had this problem...I've had it twice and I'm a much different person than when I had the problem originally lol.
Any tips on this would be greatly appreciated.