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    SubjectRe: Out of memory kernel death
    >> On Wed, 7 May 1997 09:43:54 -0400, "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <tytso@MIT.EDU> said:

    TYT> From: Rik van Riel <>
    TYT> Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 15:24:43 +0200 (MET DST)

    TYT> I read this thread and linux does indead have this problem.
    TYT> I also read the FreeBSD sourcecode, and saw a (somewhat)
    TYT> elegant solution for this. If FreeBSD is out of memory, it
    TYT> looks through the processes and kills off the largest one.
    TYT> This should be doable in Linux too...

    TYT> The problem is that the largest process is often the X
    TYT> server. Often this will indeed free a lot of memory, but
    TYT> it's not necessarily the best thing to do...

    In the case of protection against a run-away process often this
    process will be the largest one. In those cases, it will help.

    Peter Mutsaers Lucent Technologies, Network Systems Huizen, the Netherlands

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