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SubjectRe: [PATCH] oom_pardon, aka don't kill my xlock
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Once upon a midnight dreary, Alan Cox pondered, weak and weary:
> The rest of us just turn on "no overcommit" in /proc/sys.

$ cat /proc/sys/vm/overcommit_{memory,ratio}
0
50
Well that didn't help.
Me thinks the text in Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt may be out of date,
especially considering it doesn't say the same as
Documentation/vm/overcommit-accounting.txt.

overcommit_memory
-----------------
This file contains one value. The following algorithm is used to decide if
there's enough memory: if the value of overcommit_memory is positive, then
there's always enough memory. This is a useful feature, since programs often
malloc() huge amounts of memory 'just in case', while they only use a small
part of it. Leaving this value at 0 will lead to the failure of such a huge
malloc(), when in fact the system has enough memory for the program to run.

On the other hand, enabling this feature can cause you to run out of memory
and thrash the system to death, so large and/or important servers will want to
set this value to 0.


And also, I'd like to see how a misbehaving airline passenger could start to
gain weight not originally on the plane, causing the flight attendants to
start executing people because of OOF. And IIRC most airlines don't like
having women onboard who are way too pregnant, so no forking either.

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