Re: [2.4.18] Security: Process-Killer if machine get's out of memory

Alan Cox (
Sun, 24 Mar 2002 16:57:32 +0000 (GMT)

> I've got a basic question:
> Would it be possible to kill only the process which consumes the most
> memory in the last delta t?
> Or does somebody have a better idea?

At the point you hit OOM every possible heuristic is simply handwaving that
will work for a subset of the user base. Fix the real problem and it goes
away. My box doesn't OOM, the worst case (which I've never seen happen) is
a task being killed by a stack growth failing to get memory.
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