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

From: Linus Torvalds (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 15:40:31 EST

On Mon, 9 Oct 2000, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> 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.)

I disagree - if we start adding these kinds of heuristics to it, it wil
just be a way for people to try to confuse the OOM code. Imagine some bad
guy that does 15 fork()'s and then tries to OOM...


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