[mythtv-users] PREEMPT kernel with nvidia

Chris Isip cmisipster at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 04:56:22 UTC 2008

On Jan 1, 2008 8:30 AM, Paul Andreassen <paulx at andreassen.com.au> wrote:

> Hi,
> Is it possible to have a PREEMPT kernel while using the closed source
> nVidia
> driver?
> I've compiled the stable Debian kernel 2.6.18 and the backported kernel
> 2.6.22, and both kill random programs. Its strange because it some times
> kills the game I'm running, sometime faults on boot up and once gcc
> actually
> died.
> Thanks,
> Paul
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What benefit does a preempt kernel have over a regular kernel? I thought it
was important on a desktop system but not a server since user responsiveness
is not important on a server.   So I disabled it on the kernel config.  I
could be wrong.

As far as the kernel killing things.  I encountered this with only one
program mysqld.  I think it was the kernel OOM killer. I notice that mysqld
keeps eating memory the longer it runs so now I restart it everyday.  Have
you checked the available memory with free when it starts killing things?
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