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    SubjectRe: Linux machines dieing in swap storms
    On 25/10/07 16:20, Richard Purdie wrote:
    > This isn't a new problem. My mail server used to be running an ancient
    > 2.6.12 kernel and I upgraded it to 2.6.22.X in an effort to solve this
    > problem which no change. My desktop shows exactly the same kind of OOM
    > swap storm behaviour (2.6.20 based).
    > I realise that tuning the OOM killer is a really tricky problem but
    > something needs improving as the current user experience is broken.
    > I'm seriously tempted to add a "kill the process using the most memory"
    > key combination into SysRq which might let me save the desktop but won't
    > help with my remote server. I could also just disable swap I guess.

    I have no swap. If I accidentally start The GIMP and load a very large
    image, everything just freezes and I have to reboot - the OOM killer
    doesn't appear to care.

    Simon Arlott
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