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

From: Rik van Riel (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 18:00:56 EST

On Tue, 10 Oct 2000, bert hubert wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 09, 2000 at 02:38:10PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > So the process that gave X the bitmap dies. What now? Are we going to
> > depend on X un-counting the resources?
> >
> > I'd prefer just X having a higher "mm nice level" or something.
> I wonder how many megabytes we can fill with all messages about
> an OOM killer. I remember threads about this from '94 onwards.
> Perhaps we can finally have a sane one now :-)

In reality, the OOM killer I mailed a few days ago behaves
quite well in the real world.

I hope Linus will be as sensitive to theoretical arguments
with no foundation in reality as I am (ie. not), so we'll
have SOMETHING in the kernel soon.

If we later find out there are some problems with the OOM
killer, we can always change it then. No need to hold up
a reasonable solution when the current kernel has NO solution
to the problem at all ...



"What you're running that piece of shit Gnome?!?!"
       -- Miguel de Icaza, UKUUG 2000

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