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

From: Jamie Lokier (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 13:29:00 EST

Kurt Garloff wrote:
> I could not agree more. Normally, you'd better kill a foreground task
> (running nice 0) than selecting one of those background jobs for some
> reasons:
> * The foreground job can be restarted by the interactive user
> (Most likely, it will be only netscape anyway)
> * The background job probably is the more useful one which has been running
> since a longer time (computations, ...)

Ick. A background job that's been running for a long time will be saved
by that, as Rik pointed out.

If I've got a background process running for 30 minutes, and a Netscape
with 5 windows open that I'm using (for long or not, doesn't matter),
guess which one I'd rather died? Not Netscape -- I'm using that and
I'll never remember how to find those 5 windows again if it just dies.

-- Jamie
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