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SubjectRe: Out Of Memory in v. 2.1

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On Sat, Oct 03, 1998 at 10:24:38AM -0600, Roy Bixler wrote:
> Hi:
>
>
> To solve this, I have been trying out Rik van Riel's OOM patch at
> "http://www.phys.uu.nl/~riel/patches/killer117.diff". It does the
> right thing in most cases and, as he has told me, it could certainly
> use more testing and fine-tuning. Will this or something like it
> appear in v. 2.2?
>

Not likely. I remember spending one night discussing OOM solutions on
linuxnet. The outcome was : we couldn't find a right solution.
The best we could come up was a bloated algorithm that used a lot of
resources and still could be tricked into killing good apps by a malicious
user.
The OOM killers should stay outside the main tree until a good working
solution comes along.

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