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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Prevent OOM from killing init
On Thu, 22 Mar 2001, Tom Kondilis wrote:

> I had a 2.4.3pre3 do a 'Killing Init'
> My assuption is that I had a large benchmark running, while the benchmark
> was running, I updated inittab to uncomment a mgetty of my serial port, and
> followed it with a 'telinit q'.
> When the system thought it ran out of memory with '1-order allocation
> failures' during a fork, which I think its a defect , because I still have
> 14GB of Swap left in the system. My system was dead.
> A real life case of killing Init.

That's not the OOM killer however, but init dying because it
couldn't get the memory it needed to satisfy a page fault or

Virtual memory is like a game you can't win;
However, without VM there's truly nothing to lose...

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