Re: [PATCH] VM fix for 2.4.0-test9 & OOM handler

From: Ingo Molnar (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 12:27:11 EST

On Mon, 9 Oct 2000, Marco Colombo wrote:

> [...]
> > They are niced because the user thinks them a bit less
> > important.
> Please don't, this assumption is quite wrong. I use nice just to be
> 'nice' to other users. I can run my *important* CPU hog simulation
> nice +10 in order to let other people get more CPU when the need it.

yep. The OOM killer heuristics *must not* penalize any other kernel
feature. Rather introduce a orthogonal voluntary "importance" system-call,
which marks processes as more and less important. This is similar to
priority, it can only be decreased by ordinary users.


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