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SubjectRe: Out of memory kernel death
On Wed, 7 May 1997, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:

> From: Rik van Riel <>
> Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 15:24:43 +0200 (MET DST)
> I read this thread and linux does indead have this problem.
> I also read the FreeBSD sourcecode, and saw a (somewhat)
> elegant solution for this. If FreeBSD is out of memory, it
> looks through the processes and kills off the largest one.
> This should be doable in Linux too...
> The problem is that the largest process is often the X server. Often
> this will indeed free a lot of memory, but it's not necessarily the best
> thing to do...
> - Ted

Wouldn't killing off the process that has the lowest CPU use be best
(other than processes 1-10, which are reserved, and currently all not
terminatable without dire consiqunces), on the theory that it wasn't doing
anything anyway? That should atleast give you enough memory to kill -HUP
others instead of just destroying them.

-=- James Mastros

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