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SubjectRe: OOM killer???
avid Lang <>:
>one of the key places where the memory is 'allocated' but not used is in
>the copy on write conditions (fork, clone, etc) most of the time very
>little of the 'duplicate' memory is ever changed (in fact most of the time
>the program that forks then executes some other program) on a lot of
>production boxes this would be a _very_ significant additional overhead in
>memory (think a busy apache server, it forks a bunch of processes, but
>currently most of that memory is COW and never actually needs to be

So? If the requirement is no-overcommit, then assume it WILL be overwritten.
Allocate sufficient swap for the requirement.

Now, it shouldn't be necessary to include the text segment - after all
this should be marked RX.

Actually just X would do, but on Intel systems that also means R. and if W
is set it also means RWX. I hope that Intel gets a better clue about memory
protection sometime soon.

Jesse I Pollard, II

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