SUMMARY: pkill chicken and egg

From: Stephen Nelson-Smith <>
Date: Mon Mar 16 2009 - 12:08:27 EDT

System out of swap.  Result is that every command I run gives:

fork: Not enough space

I managed to create a swap file, but by the time I tried to add it, my
swap -a command was also giving fork: Not enough space

I can't even kill any processes, because ps and pkill give the same error.

Is there any way out, other than a reboot?


Alas, no solution.  Several people suggested trying to kill processes,
see which processes are using swap, etc, but the system still has
insufficient swap to allow this.

The final try was to try and exec the swap -a, as that might save just
enough memory, but it didn't and left me without a shell.

Have rebooted... but the problem has occurred again immediately :(

Stephen Nelson-Smith
Technical Director
Atalanta Systems Ltd
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Received on Mon Mar 16 11:09:10 2009

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