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SubjectRe: Out Of Memory in v. 2.1
Shaun Wilson wrote:
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> On Tue, 6 Oct 1998, Stephen C. Tweedie wrote:
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> if it's a program in user spae allocating that memory it is teh admin's
> job to correct teh situation IMHO. That is what they they are there for.
> If there's anyone running an open linux system that does not have top in
> a VC or screen sorting by mem usage there is a problem.
>

Shaun:

I'm sorry, but I have to disagree.

1) When I first started testing Rik's OOMKiller version 1 I was pleased
to see that could be a solution for a long standing Linux problem (at
least in my "user" vision): when the system got oom we can't even log in
to solve the problem. (can't map libxxxx error). This situations was not
caused by a malicious program/user, normally it were caused by a buggy
daemon or a mail storm (not always a spam).
2) I don't understand why OOM Killer in the kernel can be such a bad
thing. If you don't want/need it, just disable it in the kernel config.

3) I am using Linux (since 1.0) for (not so) small servers and several
servers don't even have a keyboard/monitor. So it is very unlikely you
will have a top running in *every* server monitor. I agree it is a good
thing, but real life doesnt always allow it.

4) I think Rik's approach is right and that Andrea's patch is a very
good effort also. I don't think that we can say how a user must use the
system, I think the user (maybe we) must have options to trigger a
feature on or off as she/he needs.

Just my two cents

Dino

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