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SubjectRe: Overcomittable memory
On Thu, 16 Mar 2000, James Sutherland wrote:

> The problem is, that fork() allocates memory - the same amount as the
> parent process has allocated. If you want to honour this without
> overcommit, you must disable COW - otherwise you've overcommitted your
> memory.

Of course not. COW is simply a speed optimization. You can still allocate
the pages at fork time but delay the actual copying until write time. COW
is orthogonal to the allocation (or at least the accounting) of pages.

Peter
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