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SubjectRe: 2.2/2.4/2.6 VMs: do malloc() ever return NULL?
On Tue, 25 Nov 2003, Ihar 'Philips' Filipau wrote:

As documented, malloc() will never fail as long as there
is still address space (not memory) available. This is
the required nature of the over-commit strategy. This is
necessary because many programs never even touch all the
memory they allocate.

You can turn OFF over-commit by doing:

echo "2" >proc/sys/vm/overcommit_memory

However, you will probably find that many programs fail
or seg-fault when normally they wouldn't. So, if you don't
mind restarting sendmail occasionally, then turn off over-commit.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.22 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
Note 96.31% of all statistics are fiction.

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