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SubjectRe: OOM Test Case - Failed!

On Tue, Oct 17, 2000 at 10:02:52AM -0400, Byron Stanoszek wrote:

> I am very unimpressed with the current OOM killer. After 10 days of online
> time, I decided to try compiling gcc again, the very culprit that killed my
> last system using 2.4.0-test8 Friday night (to which I was unable to reset
> the system until Monday morning).
> root 1099 63.6 61.5 71424 18740 pts/0 R 09:39 1:22 ./genattrtab

The oom killer avoided killing your busy, large, root-owned process.
Don't run gcc compiles as root. Protecting root processes is an
explicit design goal here.

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