Re: pre9-4 OOM VM lockups

From: Rik van Riel (
Date: Wed May 24 2000 - 12:24:48 EST

On Wed, 24 May 2000, Jesse Pollard wrote:
> Stefan Monnier" <monnier+lists/linux/kernel/news/@RUM.CS.YALE.EDU>:
> >
> > >>>>> "t" == t n vanderleeuw <> writes:
> > > The only time when it went wrong in 2.2.16pre3 was when the X server
> > > got killed and thus the graphics card was left in an unpredictable
> > > state. In the next test I shut down X first and all was mostly fine.
> >
> > So if I understand it correctly, Rik's OOM Killer still hasn't been
> > merged into the standard kernel ?
> I thought it had been. It just can't guarantee the
> identification of the real hog. It is just better with than
> without.

It's not in the kernel. At the moment I'm not pushing to get
it included either since identifying the point _where_ we run
out of memory is really hard...

Once VM is rewritten a bit, I'll probably try to have the
OOM killer included into the kernel.

About VM: I've written a number of proposals for VM changes to
the linux-mm mailing list (,
but seem to never get any reactions on my plans ... this means
I could start implementing stuff, but maybe I overlooked some
critical thing. ;((



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