[SOLVED] LXC swap incorrect


Apr 3, 2011
My containers are not obeying their allocated swap. For example container 111 has been allocated 128MB swap.

arch: amd64
cores: 1
cpulimit: 1
cpuunits: 100
hostname: XXX
memory: 2048
net0: name=eth0,bridge=vmbr0,gw=,hwaddr=36:1F:BC:1B:78:47,ip=,type=veth
ostype: ubuntu
parent: snap
rootfs: zfs:subvol-111-disk-1,size=4G
swap: 128
unprivileged: 1
Screenshot from 2018-04-30 13-29-16.png
However htop shows

Screenshot from 2018-04-30 13-32-46.png

as does top


This is true for all my LXC

pveversion -v

proxmox-ve: 5.1-42 (running kernel: 4.13.16-2-pve)
pve-manager: 5.1-51 (running version: 5.1-51/96be5354)
pve-kernel-4.13: 5.1-44
pve-kernel-4.13.16-2-pve: 4.13.16-47
pve-kernel-4.13.16-1-pve: 4.13.16-46
corosync: 2.4.2-pve4
criu: 2.11.1-1~bpo90
glusterfs-client: 3.8.8-1
ksm-control-daemon: 1.2-2
libjs-extjs: 6.0.1-2
libpve-access-control: 5.0-8
libpve-apiclient-perl: 2.0-4
libpve-common-perl: 5.0-30
libpve-guest-common-perl: 2.0-14
libpve-http-server-perl: 2.0-8
libpve-storage-perl: 5.0-18
libqb0: 1.0.1-1
lvm2: 2.02.168-pve6
lxc-pve: 3.0.0-2
lxcfs: 3.0.0-1
novnc-pve: 0.6-4
proxmox-widget-toolkit: 1.0-15
pve-cluster: 5.0-25
pve-container: 2.0-22
pve-docs: 5.1-17
pve-firewall: 3.0-8
pve-firmware: 2.0-4
pve-ha-manager: 2.0-5
pve-i18n: 1.0-4
pve-libspice-server1: 0.12.8-3
pve-qemu-kvm: 2.11.1-5
pve-xtermjs: 1.0-2
pve-zsync: 1.6-15
qemu-server: 5.0-25
smartmontools: 6.5+svn4324-1
spiceterm: 3.0-5
vncterm: 1.5-3
zfsutils-linux: 0.7.7-pve1~bpo9
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Proxmox Staff Member
Staff member
Jan 7, 2016
it's technically correct (the best kind after all ;)) since cgroups (in their currently used form) don't have a notion of separate swap. there is one limit for memory, and one for memory+swap combined. but of course this is confusing, as the values no suggest a total memory of (in your case) 2G + 2G + 128M, while in reality every used bit of swap also counts as used bit of memory in the container, and the total memory is only 2G + 128M.

we are currently discussing whether to revert this again or not.


Proxmox Staff Member
Staff member
Jun 23, 2015
It'll get more confusing in the future - cgroup v2 separated memory and swap ;-) (then again the adoption of that is going about as fast as the adoption of ipv6...)


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