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SubjectRe: [patch 2/7 -mm] oom: sacrifice child with highest badness score for parent
On 02/10/2010 11:32 AM, David Rientjes wrote:
> When a task is chosen for oom kill, the oom killer first attempts to
> sacrifice a child not sharing its parent's memory instead.
> Unfortunately, this often kills in a seemingly random fashion based on
> the ordering of the selected task's child list. Additionally, it is not
> guaranteed at all to free a large amount of memory that we need to
> prevent additional oom killing in the very near future.
> Instead, we now only attempt to sacrifice the worst child not sharing its
> parent's memory, if one exists. The worst child is indicated with the
> highest badness() score. This serves two advantages: we kill a
> memory-hogging task more often, and we allow the configurable
> /proc/pid/oom_adj value to be considered as a factor in which child to
> kill.
> Reviewers may observe that the previous implementation would iterate
> through the children and attempt to kill each until one was successful
> and then the parent if none were found while the new code simply kills
> the most memory-hogging task or the parent. Note that the only time
> oom_kill_task() fails, however, is when a child does not have an mm or
> has a /proc/pid/oom_adj of OOM_DISABLE. badness() returns 0 for both
> cases, so the final oom_kill_task() will always succeed.
> Signed-off-by: David Rientjes<>

Acked-by: Rik van Riel <>

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