Rajesh Kumar Mallah wrote:
> A scary phenomenon is being exhibited by the server , which is the server
> is slurping all the swap suddenly
> 8 1 4192912 906164 6100 27873640 0 0 2277 858 13440 16235
> 63 8 19 10 0
> I reduced work_mem from 4GB to 2GB to 512MB (now). I clearly remember that this
> abnormal consumption of swap was NOT there even when work_mem was 4GB.
> eg during happier times swap utilisation was: http://pastebin.com/bnE1pFZ9
> the question is whats making postgres slurp the swap? i am posting my
> current postgresql.conf
> once again.
> # cat postgresql.conf | grep -v "^\s*#" | grep -v "^\s*$"
> listen_addresses = '*' # what IP address(es) to listen on;
> port = 5432 # (change requires restart)
> max_connections = 300 # (change requires restart)
In constrast with e.g. shared_buffers and effective_cache_size, work_mem
is amount of memory per 'thing' (e.g. order/group by) that wants some
working memory, so even a single backend can use several pieces of
Looking at your postgresql.conf, other memory values seem a bit too high
as well for a 32GB ram server. It is probably a good idea to use pgtune
(on pgfoundry) to get some reasonable ball park settings for your hardware.
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