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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.23-rc5
On Tue, 25 Nov 2003, Mike Fedyk wrote:
>> Will 2.4.23 have the oom killer?

On Tue, Nov 25, 2003 at 06:06:31PM -0200, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> No. Andrea removed the oom killer because it had problems (deadlocks, it
> can "guess" wrong in some cases).
> It seems that in most cases killing the allocator (what 2.4.23 does)
> works fine.
> Having it configurable might be desired.

Some of the bad behavior was due to races that disturbed the heuristics.
2.6 got those fixed and it made a large difference wrt. correcting its
bad behaviors. It's not infallible, but relatively well-behaved. (Not
that I could be arsed to debate whether that makes it worth keeping.)


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