Re: Kernel memory per process

Perry Harrington (
Fri, 29 May 1998 15:43:05 -0700 (PDT)

> We have a process running on a Linux box. This process has a memory leak and
> continues to consume memory until it gets to 32 M. When it reaches this point
> it Seg faults and exits without a core file.
> Does the Linux kernel pose some type of limit on a process that's going berserk?

Usually a process will simply get an ENOMEM when it runs out of memory, I don't know
if the kernel does a sig 11, but I'd bet it's a libc thing instead.

> One other note, the process is multi-threaded and uses the pthreads library.

I had this problem with pthreads, I wasn't creating them as detached; if the
thread is not created as detached, you must call pthread_join to reap the stack
and other resources when the thread exits.

> Rodney D. Holm


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