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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] oom-kill: add lowmem usage aware oom kill handling
Alan Cox wrote:
>> > Ultimately it is policy. The kernel simply can't read minds.
>> >
>> If so, all heuristics other than vm_size should be purged, I think.
>> ...Or victim should be just determined by the class of application
>> user sets. oom_adj other than OOM_DISABLE, searching victim process
>> by black magic are all garbage.
> oom_adj by value makes sense as do some of the basic heuristics - but a
> lot of the complexity I would agree is completely nonsensical.
> There are folks who use oom_adj weightings to influence things (notably
> embedded and desktop). The embedded world would actually benefit on the
> whole if the oom_adj was an absolute value because they usually know
> precisely what they want to die and in what order.
okay...I guess the cause of the problem Vedran met came from
this calculation.
109 /*
110 * Processes which fork a lot of child processes are likely
111 * a good choice. We add half the vmsize of the children if they
112 * have an own mm. This prevents forking servers to flood the
113 * machine with an endless amount of children. In case a single
114 * child is eating the vast majority of memory, adding only half
115 * to the parents will make the child our kill candidate of
116 */
117 list_for_each_entry(child, &p->children, sibling) {
118 task_lock(child);
119 if (child->mm != mm && child->mm)
120 points += child->mm->total_vm/2 + 1;
121 task_unlock(child);
122 }
This makes task launcher(the fist child of some daemon.) first victim.
And...I wonder this is not good for oom_adj,
I think it's set per task with regard to personal memory usage.

But I'm not sure why this code is used now. Does anyone remember
history or the benefit of this calculation ?


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