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SubjectRe: Memory management in Kernel 2.4.x
Followup to:  <>
By author: Alan Cox <>
In newsgroup:
> On a -ac kernel with mode 2 or 3 set for overcommit you have to run out
> of kernel resources to hang the box. It won't go OOM because it can't.
> That wouldn't be a VM bug but a leak or poor handling of kernel
> allocations somewhere. Sadly the changes needed to do that (beancounter
> patch) were things Linus never accepted for 2.4

Well, if you can't fork a new process because that would push you into
overcommit, then you usually can't actually do anything useful on the

<> at work, <> in private!
"Unix gives you enough rope to shoot yourself in the foot." <>
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