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iptables memory allocation problem

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by NoAgendas, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. NoAgendas

    NoAgendas Guest

    Anyone know what could take APF so long to start? It stops fine (service apf restart) but starting up again takes forever.

    I have about 12 blocks of 8 IP's on the server (reseller), APF v 0.9.6

    The deny list is almost empty, only 5-6 IP's listed.

    The server is fast (dual xeons / 4GB memory) and the load minimal anyway.

    While I waited for APF to start up again, it finally spewed infinite lines of these

    iptables: Memory allocation problem
    iptables: Memory allocation problem
    iptables: Memory allocation problem
    iptables: Memory allocation problem

                 total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
    Mem:       4149252    3751364     397888          0     354924    2716012
    -/+ buffers/cache:     680428    3468824
    Swap:      4192956       2948    4190008
    This is *not* a vps, regular server.
  2. celliott

    celliott Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2006
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    I know this isnt relavent to your problem exactly but what are you hosting on this server? It seems awfully strange that a server just booted up would instantly use 3GB Ram.
  3. jonwatson

    jonwatson Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2007
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    That's typical of a Linux server. Windows and Linux handle memory in two very different ways. A Linux system will almost always show 90% or more memory usage. The trick is that you don't want to see a lot of swap.

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