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SubjectRe: Some questions about linux kernel.
On Tue, 14 Mar 2000, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:

> > Killing Oracle, or any other server that depends on some process being
> > alive and keeping a valuable, complex, hard to recover data on disk and
> > in memory, is in some cases not any better than just blowing up the box.
>
> It might not be better, but it isn't worse. At least your filesystem is
> nice and consistent and you can telnet in and recover.
>
> I think you have to accept that it is impossible to always kill the 'right
> process' because that definition is too vauge. Killing the biggest process
> however is an iterative thing, eventually the thing actually sucking up
> ram will become the biggest process and be killed [barring any
> maliciousness].

If those were the only choices, it would be reasonable, but why some
userspace program can't decide, what should be the policy, and tell the
kernel? It can be done the same way, priority is handled.

--
Alex


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