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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Prevent OOM from killing init
    On Fri, Mar 23, 2001 at 06:38:37PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
    > > infinite storage. After all, earlier Unix flavours did not need
    > > an OOM killer either, and my editor was not killed under Unix V6
    > > on 64k when I started some other process.
    >
    > You were lucky. Its quite possible for V6 to kill processes when you run out
    > of swap
    >

    It was actually worse than that. Grab your copy of "Lions", and check lines
    4375-4377 in function xswap(). A failure to allocate space in the swapmap
    caused a panic. Same problem in xalloc().

    Tim

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