Wojciech Puchar wrote:

I am able to run top at the same time, as as far as I can tell, it doesn't actually run out of memory - Mem has ~564k free, and Swap has 158mb free at its lowest when fsck_msdosfs is running. It's an old machine, with 192mb ram, and 359mb swap.

but ulimit's defaults possibly limit memory...
check ulimit -a

[EMAIL PROTECTED] ~]$ ulimit -a
core file size          (blocks, -c) unlimited
data seg size           (kbytes, -d) 524288
file size               (blocks, -f) unlimited
max locked memory       (kbytes, -l) unlimited
max memory size         (kbytes, -m) unlimited
open files                      (-n) 2656
pipe size            (512 bytes, -p) 1
stack size              (kbytes, -s) 65536
cpu time               (seconds, -t) unlimited
max user processes              (-u) 1328
virtual memory          (kbytes, -v) unlimited

 - Ben
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