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

From: Jamie Lokier (
Date: Tue Oct 10 2000 - 04:46:23 EST

Albert D. Cahalan wrote:
> X, and any other big friendly processes, could participate in
> memory balancing operations. X could be made to clean out a
> font cache when the kernel signals that memory is low. When
> the situation becomes serious, X could just mmap /dev/zero over
> top of the background image.

Haven't we already had this discussion? Quite a lot of programs have
cached data (X fonts, Netscape (lots!)), GC-able data (Emacs, Java
etc.), data that can simply be discarded (X window backing stores), or
data that can be written to disk on demand (Netscape again).

-- Jamie
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