[mrtg] Error Message: swap_pager_getswapspace: failed

Chuck.Coker at rcc.edu Chuck.Coker at rcc.edu
Fri Feb 11 20:53:09 MET 2005

I have a FreeBSD 5.1 box running Apache and MRTG. The box isn't used for
anything else. It's been running just fine. Recently I started adding
some new devices to the mrtg.cfg file and I started having problems. I'm
getting a message on the monitor that reads:

swap_pager_getswapspace: failed

I've also seen occasional messages that said something similar to "out
of swap space - can't start perl". I haven't done anything except modify
the mrtg configuration file.

The "top" command reports:

Mem: 1788K Active, 158M Inact, 50M Wired, 15K Cache, 35M Buf, 18M Free
Swap: 490M Total, 6292K Used, 484M Free, 1% Inuse

I've searched the web, using "swap_pager_getswapspace", for information
on how to fix the problem. All I seem to be finding is articles on how
to add a swap file. It appears that many people have asked the same
question I have, without ever getting an answer.

Is there someway of tweaking the system to fix this or is there a work

Can anyone throw some ideas, no matter how wild, my way?


Chuck Coker                             chuck.coker (at) rcc.edu
       Riverside Community College, Information Services
4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California 92506, United States
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