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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] strict VM overcommit
    On 21 Jul 2002, Alan Cox wrote:

    > On Sun, 2002-07-21 at 10:10, Szakacsits Szabolcs wrote:
    > > On Fri, 19 Jul 2002, Alan Cox wrote:
    > > > Make swapoff -a return -ENOMEM
    > > >
    > > > I've not done this on the basis that this is root specific stupidity and
    > > > generally shouldnt be protected against
    > >
    > > Recommended reading: MIT's Magazin of Innovation Technology Review,
    > > August 2002 issue, cover story: Why Software Is So Bad?
    > >
    > > Next you might read: "... prominent, leading Linux kernel developer
    > > publically labels users stupid instead of handling a special case
    >
    > I would suggest you do something quite different. Go and read what K&R
    > had to say about the design of Unix. One of the design goals of Unix is
    > that the system does not think it knows better than the administrator.
    > That is one of the reasons unix works well and is so flexible.

    The problem is that at the time K&R said this only real men (tm) were
    administrators of UNIX systems. Nowadays clueless people like me are
    administrators of their Linux system at home. ;-)

    With enough stupidity root can always trash his system but if as Robert
    says the state of the system will be that "no allocations will succeed"
    which seems to be a synonymous for "the system is practically dead" it is
    IMHO a good idea to let "swapoff -a return -ENOMEM".

    > Alan

    cu
    Adrian

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    You only think this is a free country. Like the US the UK spends a lot of
    time explaining its a free country because its a police state.
    Alan Cox




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