Gary Jennejohn <> wrote:

> In the course of the last year or so the behavior of the vm system
> has changed in regard to how aggressively Inact memory is recycled.
> My box has 8GB of memory.  At the moment I'm copying 100s of gigabytes
> from one file system to another one.
> Looking at top I observe that there are about 6GB of Inact memory.
> This value hardly changes.  Instead of aggressively recycling the
> Inact memory the vm now seems to prefer to swap.

Are you using ZFS?

> Last year, can't rmember excatly when, the behavior was totally
> different.  The vm very aggessively recycled Inact memory and,
> even when copying 100s of GB of files, the system hardly swapped.
> It seems rather strange to me that the vm happily allows gigbytes
> of Inact memory to be present and prefers swapping to recyclincg.
> Are there any sysctl's I can set to get the old behavior back?

I don't think so.

I'm currently using this patch set to work around the issue:

Patch 4 adds a couple of sysctls that can be used to let the ZFS
ARC indirectly put pressure on the inactive memory until a given
target is reached.


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