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cvs [server aborted]: out of memory; can not reallocate xxx bytes

From: HMahaffey
Subject: cvs [server aborted]: out of memory; can not reallocate xxx bytes
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 17:49:49 EST

One of my users complained she got this message whenever she checked out or
updated in her module.  I found that she had committed two of her binaries;
one was 11Mb, the other was 7Mb.  When I removed those files, the
checkout/update worked.

I am running cvs 1.11 pserver with "-T /tmpcvs", where /tmpcvs is a 3Gb
filesystem.  There is 2Gb of RAM on the server, which is HP 10.20.  /tmp is
1.1Mb (but I hope it isn't being used).  The "xxx bytes" that can not be
reallocated seems to be fixed depending on what file I am trying to checkout.
 For the file of size 11,456,355, xxx is 21968.  For the file of size
7094501, xxx is 14262.

Funny thing is, there are larger files that I *CAN* check out without a
problem.  What appears to be a distinguishing feature is that they only have
a single revision in the tree (1.1).  In fact, I can checkout 1.1 of the 2
files that gave me trouble above.

So I'm guessing that CVS is running out of something while trying to
reconstruct revision 1.4 (in the above example).  Is it really memory, or
could it be temp disk space (which I was hoping would be /tmpcvs, as
specified on the inetd.conf command line, and not /tmp)?  This might sound
like a stupid question, but I thought I remember a problem with the size of
the history file that also caused this message to appear.  Wait.  I seem to
remember something about the maximum amount of memory an application is
allowed to request.....

Thanks for any help!

:)hal mahaffey

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