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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/2] mm, oom: remove 'prefer children over parent' heuristic
On 2019/01/22 3:50, Shakeel Butt wrote:
>>From the start of the git history of Linux, the kernel after selecting
> the worst process to be oom-killed, prefer to kill its child (if the
> child does not share mm with the parent). Later it was changed to prefer
> to kill a child who is worst. If the parent is still the worst then the
> parent will be killed.
> This heuristic assumes that the children did less work than their parent
> and by killing one of them, the work lost will be less. However this is
> very workload dependent. If there is a workload which can benefit from
> this heuristic, can use oom_score_adj to prefer children to be killed
> before the parent.
> The select_bad_process() has already selected the worst process in the
> system/memcg. There is no need to recheck the badness of its children
> and hoping to find a worse candidate. That's a lot of unneeded racy
> work. Also the heuristic is dangerous because it make fork bomb like
> workloads to recover much later because we constantly pick and kill
> processes which are not memory hogs. So, let's remove this whole
> heuristic.
> Signed-off-by: Shakeel Butt <>
> Acked-by: Michal Hocko <>
> Cc: Roman Gushchin <>
> Cc: Andrew Morton <>
> Cc: David Rientjes <>
> Cc: Johannes Weiner <>
> Cc: Tetsuo Handa <>
> Cc:
> Cc:
> ---
> Changelog since v1:
> - Improved commit message based on mhocko's comment.
> - Replaced 'p' with 'victim'.
> - Removed extra pr_err message.

But this version omits printing one of "Out of memory (oom_kill_allocating_task)",
"Out of memory" and "Memory cgroup out of memory" message which is unexpected.
We want to propagate that message to __oom_kill_process() ? ;-)

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