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    SubjectRe: OOM Test Case - Failed!
    On Wed, 18 Oct 2000, Stephen Tweedie wrote:
    > 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.

    Also:

    1) his system pretty much continued to run
    2) since only httpd children got killed, no work
    was lost

    (only the fact that he ran genattrtab as root screwed
    up things a bit and kept the system from killing the
    task -- but probably only just)

    regards,

    Rik
    --
    "What you're running that piece of shit Gnome?!?!"
    -- Miguel de Icaza, UKUUG 2000

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