[lkml]   [2003]   [Mar]   [3]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
SubjectRe: Protecting processes from the OOM killer
On Mon, 2003-03-03 at 14:45, Jesse Pollard wrote:
> Shouldn't - the process the user tries to run will not be started since
> it must reserve the space first. malloc will fail immediately, allowing the
> process to handle the even gracefully and exit.
> Anything else is a bug in the application.

The one case you can't cover cleanly in C is a stack grow exceeding memory
usage. At that point it requires a tiny bit of magic. You can do it, but
the overcommit blocker has to armwave a little for the kernel and other
things so I've never seen it happen in a normal situation

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at

 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 13:33    [W:0.101 / U:2.228 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site