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

From: David Ford (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 15:45:53 EST

Rik van Riel wrote:

> > How about SIGTERM a bit before SIGKILL then re-evaluate the OOM
> > N usecs later?
> And run the risk of having to kill /another/ process as well ?
> I really don't know if that would be a wise thing to do
> (but feel free to do some tests to see if your idea would
> work ... I'd love to hear some test results with your idea).

I was thinking (dangerous) about an urgent v.s. critical OOM. urgent could
trigger a SIGTERM which would give advance notice to the offending process.
I don't think we have a signal method of notifying processes when resources
are critically low, feel free to correct me.

Is there a signal that -might- be used for this?


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