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    SubjectRe: Terminate process that fails on a constrained allocation
    On Wed, 8 Feb 2006, Andrew Morton wrote:

    > > If a caller cannot handle NULL then __GFP_NOFAIL has to be set, right?
    >
    > That would assume non-buggy code. I'm talking about the exercising of
    > hitherto-unused codepaths. We've fixed many, many pieces of code which
    > simply assumed that kmalloc(GFP_KERNEL) succeeds. I doubt if many such
    > simple bugs still exist, but there will be more subtle ones in there.

    We could add __GFP_NOFAIL to kmem_getpages in slab.c to insure that
    kmalloc waits rather than return NULL. Also a too drastic measure right?

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