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

From: Andi Kleen (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 15:06:06 EST

On Mon, Oct 09, 2000 at 10:06:02PM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Oct 2000, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> > > No. It's only needed if your OOM algorithm is so crappy that
> > > it might end up killing init by mistake.
> >
> > The algorithm you posted on the list in this thread will kill init if
> > on 4Mbyte machine without swap init is large 3 Mbytes and you execute
> > a task that grows over 1M.
> i think the OOM algorithm should not kill processes that have
> child-processes, it should first kill child-less 'leaves'. Killing a
> process that has child processes likely results in unexpected behavior of
> those child-processes. (and equals to effective killing of those
> child-processes as well.)

netscape usually has child processes: the dns helper.

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