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Subject[patch 3/5] oom: less memdie
Don't cause all threads in all other thread groups to gain TIF_MEMDIE
otherwise we'll get a thundering herd eating out memory reserve. This
may not be the optimal scheme, but it fits our policy of allowing just
one TIF_MEMDIE in the system at once.

Signed-off-by: Nick Piggin <>

Index: linux-2.6/mm/oom_kill.c
--- linux-2.6.orig/mm/oom_kill.c
+++ linux-2.6/mm/oom_kill.c
@@ -322,11 +322,12 @@ static int oom_kill_task(struct task_str

* kill all processes that share the ->mm (i.e. all threads),
- * but are in a different thread group.
+ * but are in a different thread group. Don't let them have access
+ * to memory reserves though, otherwise we might deplete all memory.
do_each_thread(g, q) {
if (q->mm == mm && q->tgid != p->tgid)
- __oom_kill_task(q, 1);
+ force_sig(SIGKILL, p);
} while_each_thread(g, q);

return 0;
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