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SubjectRe: [patch 5/7 -mm] oom: replace sysctls with quick mode
On Tue, 16 Feb 2010, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:

> > > "_quick" is always bad sysctl name.
> >
> > Why? It does exactly what it says: it kills current without doing an
> > expensive tasklist scan and suppresses the possibly long tasklist dump.
> > That's the oom killer's "quick mode."
> Because, an administrator think "_quick" implies "please use it always".
> plus, "quick" doesn't describe clealy meanings. oom_dump_tasks does.

The audience for both of these tunables (now that oom_dump_tasks is
default to enabled) is users with extremely long tasklists that want to
avoid those scans, so oom_kill_quick implies that it won't waste any time
and will act how it's documented: simply kill current and move on.

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