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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] overcommit symbolic constants
    On Thu, 30 Sep 2004 wrote:
    > Played a bit with overcommit the past hour.
    > Am not entirely satisfied with the no overcommit mode 2 -
    > programs segfault when the system is close to that boundary.
    > So, instead of the somewhat larger patch that I planned to send,
    > just symbolic names for the modes.

    Big improvement. And thank you for stamping on that irritating
    oxymoronic "strict overcommit". Could we add this patch in too?

    Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <>

    --- 2.6.9-rc3/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt 2004-08-14 06:39:04.000000000 +0100
    +++ linux/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt 2004-09-30 15:23:22.340731368 +0100
    @@ -47,7 +47,7 @@ of free memory left when userspace reque
    When this flag is 1, the kernel pretends there is always enough
    memory until it actually runs out.

    -When this flag is 2, the kernel uses a "strict overcommit"
    +When this flag is 2, the kernel uses a "never overcommit"
    policy that attempts to prevent any overcommit of memory.

    This feature can be very useful because there are a lot of
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