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SubjectRe: the new VM

On Mon, 25 Sep 2000, Alan Cox wrote:

> GFP_KERNEL has to be able to fail for 2.4. Otherwise you can get
> everything jammed in kernel space waiting on GFP_KERNEL and if the
> swapper cannot make space you die.

if one can get everything jammed waiting for GFP_KERNEL, and not being
able to deallocate anything, thats a VM or resource-limit bug. This
situation is just 1% RAM away from the 'root cannot log in', situation.


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