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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] oom_adj/oom_score documentation
    Got some spelling/language advice from Alan Cox (thanks!), so here's 
    an updated patch. Hope it reads better now.

    Signed-off-by: Jan-Frode Myklebust <>


    diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
    index 99902ae..172098a 100644
    --- a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
    +++ b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt
    @@ -39,6 +39,8 @@ Table of Contents
    2.9 Appletalk
    2.10 IPX
    2.11 /proc/sys/fs/mqueue - POSIX message queues filesystem
    + 2.12 /proc/<pid>/oom_adj - Adjust the oom-killer score
    + 2.13 /proc/<pid>/oom_score - Display current oom-killer score

    @@ -1958,6 +1960,22 @@ a queue must be less or equal then msg_m
    maximum message size value (it is every message queue's attribute set during
    its creation).

    +2.12 /proc/<pid>/oom_adj - Adjust the oom-killer score
    +This file can be used to adjust the score used to select which processes
    +should be killed in an out-of-memory situation. Giving it a high score will
    +increase the likelihood of this process being killed by the oom-killer. Valid
    +values are in the range -16 to +15, plus the special value -17, which disables
    +oom-killing altogether for this process.
    +2.13 /proc/<pid>/oom_score - Display current oom-killer score
    +This file can be used to check the current score used by the oom-killer is for
    +any given <pid>. Use it together with /proc/<pid>/oom_adj to tune which
    +process should be killed in an out-of-memory situation.

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