Redis Out Of Memory error

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I’m getting “OOM command not allowed” when trying to set a key, maxmemory is set to 500M with maxmemory-policy “volatile-lru”, I’m setting TTL for each key sent to redis.

info command returns : used_memory_human:809.22M

If maxmemory is set to 500M, how did I reached 809M ?
Info command does not show any Keyspaces , how is it possible ?
keys * returns “(empty list or set)” ,I’ve tried to change db number , still no keys found.
Here is info command output:

redis-cli -p 6380 redis> info

Possible answer:

Redis’ maxmemory volatile-lru policy can fail to free enough memory if the maxmemory limit is already used by the non-volatile keys.