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SubjectRe: new OOM heuristic failure (was: Re: VM: qsbench)
On Wed, 31 Oct 2001, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> I could probably argue that the machine really _is_ out of memory at this
> point: no swap, and it obviously has to work very hard to free any pages.
> Read the "out_of_memory()" code (which is _really_ simple), with the
> realization that it only gets called when "try_to_free_pages()" fails and
> I think you'll agree.

Absolutely agreed, an earlier out_of_memory() is probably a good
thing for most systems. The only "but" is that Lorenzo's test
program runs fine with other kernels, but you could argue that
it's a corner case anyway...

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