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

From: Alan Cox (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 16:10:36 EST

> 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.)

Lets kill a 6 week long typical background compute job because netscape exploded
(and yes netscape has a child process)

Rik's current OOM killer works very well but its a heuristic, so like all
heuristics you can always find a problem case


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