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    SubjectRe: Avoiding OOM on overcommit...?
    On 18 Mar 2000, Mirian Crzig Lennox wrote:

    Overcommitting memory is the moral equivalent of writing bad checks and
    praying there will be money to cover them before they are cashed. It's
    completely irresponsible-- and when it fails, it really bites down hard.

    bzzzttt... bad analogy. :)

    overcommit is more like writing out many cheques where you know from
    experience that typically only a small percentage are ever cashed.

    would you keep $1,000,000 of cash in reserve when you know that most
    likely you could cover your debts with only $100?

    Paul Jakma
    PGP5 key:
    Life is a concentration camp. You're stuck here and there's no way
    out and you can only rage impotently against your persecutors.
    -- Woody Allen

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