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SubjectRe: Improving OOM killer
* Rik van Riel <> [2010-02-03 09:49:18]:

> On 02/01/2010 05:02 PM, Lubos Lunak wrote:
> > In other words, use VmRSS for measuring memory usage instead of VmSize, and
> >remove child accumulating.
> I agree with removing the child accumulating code. That code can
> do a lot of harm with databases like postgresql, or cause the
> system's main service (eg. httpd) to be killed when a broken cgi
> script used up too much memory.
> IIRC the child accumulating code was introduced to deal with
> malicious code (fork bombs), but it makes things worse for the
> (much more common) situation of a system without malicious
> code simply running out of memory due to being very busy.

For fork bombs, we could do a number of children number test and have
a threshold before we consider a process and its children for

> I have no strong opinion on using RSS vs VmSize.

David commented and feels strongly about RSS and prefers VmSize.


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