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    Question bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    Hello everybody!

    Since I upgraded to 11.10 (upgraded when it was beta) I sometimes get this error messages then I using the tab function i bash:

    bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    I have a lot of memory left (626 MB + almost 8 GB i SWAP).

    It never happened before I upgraded, and I've been hoping that this should disappear in lates upgrades, but after some month the problem is still here.

    $ uname -a
    Linux klisterburk 3.0.0-12-generic #20-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 7 14:50:42 UTC 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
    $ bash --version
    GNU bash, version 4.2.10(1)-release (i686-pc-linux-gnu)

    Does somebody know how I can solve this?

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    Re: bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    Hello again!

    I also sometimes get this error then I'm doing others command.

    Example:

    $ rm -rf some_dir
    bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory
    $ rm -rf some_dir
    $

    The second time it worked.

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    Re: bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    what is the output of 'free -m' ?

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    Re: bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne_V View Post
    what is the output of 'free -m' ?
    $ free -m
    total used free shared buffers cached
    Mem: 3273 2871 402 0 14 648
    -/+ buffers/cache: 2208 1065
    Swap: 9624 30 9594
    $

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    Re: bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    Yesterday I upgraded kernel to "3.0.0-13-generic #22-Ubuntu SMP Wed Nov 2 13:25:36 UTC 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux", but today I got this:

    $ screen -S alpine
    bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory
    $

    (And the second time I run it it was no problem, as usual).

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    Re: bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    I still has this problems and have no clue how to solve it.

    I also has big problem with my graphic drivers. 2 times of 3 when I reboot my machine, it totally crash when I start firefox. (I must press reset button, because X disappear and the screen shows only graphical junk).

    Firefox hangs quite often also.

    I think this problems are connected, because I didn't had any of it before.

    I have run memory check on the machine for several hours, but it says that everything is okey.

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    Angry Re: bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    No one has a clue how I can solve this? Is there any program/script that can search for broken things in the system?

    Today I found I had a mail.err file i /var/log. It had 3 lines:

    Dec 12 10:11:26 fabbes spamc[13282]: fork failed: Cannot allocate memory
    Dec 12 16:40:51 fabbes spamc[13725]: fork failed: Cannot allocate memory
    Dec 13 22:17:52 fabbes spamc[366]: fork failed: Cannot allocate memory

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    Re: bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    I am also getting this same friken error sometimes :/
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    Re: bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    I have now, on a new disk, installed a totally new system from scratch. I tought the problem should be gone, but no!

    After a while, maybe after I installed the samba-package(?), the problem returned. I did not had this problem before I installed 11.10. I just did "ls" some times, and this is what happened:

    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls

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    Re: bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory

    Quote Originally Posted by fabben View Post
    I have now, on a new disk, installed a totally new system from scratch. I tought the problem should be gone, but no!

    After a while, maybe after I installed the samba-package(?), the problem returned. I did not had this problem before I installed 11.10. I just did "ls" some times, and this is what happened:

    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    bash: fork: Cannot allocate memory
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls
    filmdisk old
    fabbe@fabbe:/media$ ls

    Ok what i'm thinking is this question. What is your motherboard? I'm not a professional at all. I am using a socket 468? 3Ghz Dual thing. What is your socket? And RAM Specs? Not the amount, the company brand and speed. I mention this because specific communicative wavelength and light pulses of which I know of physics and different metal materials do actually permission the software, or deny of it. It's weird how I say it. But how they build it, and what 11.10 has included to understand the elemental properties of hardware. yada yada. New system you say? Ok I can think a question to ask about that. The question is: What socket did you use? And what ram? lol BEEECAUSE. I could be full of crap. But I had an issue. And I got rid of it because I had to stop buying mother boards that didn't support the new'polished implementations for specific things that all these things. I dunno. I thought I would ask. All I know, i had an issue with too much wrong ram. and just enough right ram. but if a ubuntu pro knows the computer science language impressively. Than i'm sure they would have an idea to quickly advance the Ubuntu further based on ur experiances. i hit my head too many times, however u say it. oh and how the software on the disk, communicates with the bios. I dunno I tried.
    Last edited by BJCV86; February 23rd, 2012 at 04:52 AM. Reason: Meh

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