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Linux without swap still starts thrashing

Debian 9.4, Linux 4.9 I sometimes compile something that hardly fits in the RAM, or a rouge process suddenly starts eating memory beyond what's available. When the process goes past the available RAM,...
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If a thread is just another process, how does it reduce the CPU’s workload and handle thrashing?

What does it mean when they say that a thread is a light-weight process? If it's just another process, how does it reduce the CPU's workload?
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How to detect thrashing on an SSD-equipped system?

With spinning hard disks it was relatively common to hear disk thrashing when some process, Windows or otherwise, was making a bad fist of things. Quite often this was an indicator that a process was ...
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Which processes are accessing CD/DVD drive?

I'm trying to install StarCraft 1 on my Windows 7 machine, but it's taking forever and it sounds like the DVD drive is thrashing. Is there any way to see which processes are reading from the DVD drive?...
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Would SSD improve thrashing?

I understand thrashing (computer's virtual memory subsystem in a constant state of paging) is basically problem of not enough memory. But besides adding more RAM, would adding a SSD to a HDD or ...
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How to kill tasks in Windows 7 when even Task Manager won't open or respond?

Occasionally one of my computers will get so bogged down that everything locks up, Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn't work, Task Manager won't open, or they work, but are opening so slowly that it will take hours ...