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SubjectRe: [PATCH] oom killer (Core)
On Thu, 2004-12-02 at 10:29 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Could be, I dunno. I've never done any work on the oom-killer and I tend
> to regard it as a stupid thing which is only there so you can get back into
> the machine to shut down and restart everything.
> I mean, if you ran the machine out of memory then it is underprovisioned
> and it *will* become unreliable whatever we do. The answer is to Not Do
> That. As long as the oom-killer allows you to get in and admin the machine
> later on then that's good enough as far as I'm concerned. Others probably
> disagree ;)

I agree, but the current situation made me drive 150km, because sshd or
even init was killed.

I hit this problem, when a forking server application got out of control
because there were suddenly connecting hundreds of clients due to a
different problem.

As long as I can log into the machine and fix the crap it's ok. There's
no need for anything else than accessability and a half way
deterministic behaviour.


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