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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] strict VM overcommit
    On Thu, 2002-07-18 at 15:08, Adrian Bunk wrote:

    > Out of interest:
    > How is assured that it's impossible to OOM when the amount of memory
    > shrinks?
    > IOW:
    > - allocate very much memory
    > - "swapoff -a"

    Well, seriously: don't do that.

    But `swapoff' will not succeed if there is not enough swap or physical
    memory to move the pages to... if it does succeed, then there is enough
    storage elsewhere. At that point, you are not OOM but you may now have
    more address space allocated than the strict accounting would typically
    allow - thus no allocations will succeed so you should not be able to

    Robert Love

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