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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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