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SubjectRe: [RFC] ipc: introduce shm_rmid_forced sysctl

* Alan Cox <> wrote:

> > As we really prefer working systems over non-working ones (and lots
> > of unattached shm segments can clearly result in a non-working
> > system) we can only accept the "this will break stuff" argument if
> > it's *demonstrated* to break stuff and if the failure scenario is
> > carefully described in the commit.
> >
> > It would take a serious breakage to override a "system locks up
> > swapping itself to death" failure scenario.
> Ths shared memory interface is defined to be persistent for good
> reason and all sorts of apps rely upon that so no you can't just
> ignore that. As a configurable alternative it makes sense (indeed
> many SYS5 admins used to run shared memory segment sweepers to
> clean up long idle ones)
> However if it's locking the machine up and not being properly
> handled by resource management then
> a) your resource management is broken so fix that instead
> b) if your resource management is busted or you are not properly
> tracking resource commits then the user is going to be able to achieve the
> same result by other means (eg a unix domain socket bomb)
> If you've got no overcommit set you shouldn't be able to swap to
> death, it may be the sysv shared memory objects need to be
> accounted for specifically somewhere but that would be the right
> thing to fix and the mechanisms to do it exist.

But the majority of systems have overcommit enabled - that is our

This is a simple extension of the OOM killer being able to ... kill
things on OOM, ok? 'to kill' implies 'to break'.



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