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

From: Matthew Hawkins (
Date: Wed Oct 11 2000 - 22:21:23 EST

On 2000-10-11 19:53:50 -0700, wrote:
> On other machines I'd set RLIMIT_DATA and my OOM problems went away,
> but on linux this didn't work

RLIMIT_DATA appears to only be checked for aout format executables.
Looking at the 2.4.0-test10pre1 sources for fs/binfmt_aout.c and
fs/binfmt_elf.c you'll note the difference in load_aout_binary() and
load_elf_binary(), both just above the comment of "OK, This is the point
of no return"

Does putting a similar check to the aout one make sense for ELF?

I'm just trying to avoid Rik having to pull his hair out implementing a
system that conceptually already exists in the kernel (nasty processes
being terminated before they do some damage). Especially when that
existing system is far more configurable.


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