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SubjectRE: Killing/balancing processes when overcommited

The mem eaters may not be the ones really "causing the problem" as
determined by the installation. The case where I discovered this was when
someone was asking for a lot of small chunks of memory (legitemately). So
you would need a history and a total memory usage to identify who this is.
And this is not really just limited to memory.

I still favor an installation file in /etc specifying the order in which
things are to be killed. Any alogrithmic assumptions are bound to fail at
some point to the dissatisfaction of the installation.

And this is not just limited to memory exhaustion. For example, if I exceed
the maximum number of files, I can't log on to fix the problem. If the
installation could set some priorities, they could say who to sacrifice in
order to keep others running.

Regards, Jim
Linux S/390-zSeries Support, SEEL, IBM Silicon Valley Labs
t/l 543-4021, 408-463-4021,
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