Re: [PATCH] OOM killer API (was: [PATCH] VM fix for 2.4.0-test9 & OOM handler)

From: Matthew Hawkins (
Date: Wed Oct 11 2000 - 20:41:24 EST

On 2000-10-11 11:45:06 -0400, Bruce A. Locke wrote:
> This manpage shows me functions and structs.

What were you expecting from the system call section of the Linux
Programmer's Manual? Dancing girls?


> I'm assuming you want these used by the offending program or the shell
> under which the program is being called.

That's usually what happens.

> In the first case, a person might not have source to the program and
> if thats the case, it doesn't help much.

Closed-source software is *so* 20th century... ;-) Anyway, when run
from the shell it'll inherit its parent's limits (which leads to your
next question...)

> And in the second case, if the shell sets it, does it affect children
> of a process (aka fork()'d)?


Maybe if more distributions took Debian's stance and set the default
limits so anal that you frequently can't even read email let alone
recompile the kernel without getting the process terminated for tripping
one limit or another, then more people would know this functionality
exists and set the limits more appropriately.

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