Sheduling + forkbomb

Max (
Mon, 25 Mar 2002 19:30:46 +0000

Isn't it strange, that a simple fork-bomb, like a command to sh:
f(){ f|f& }; f
can get machine down. I've tried several times this thing, changing
ulimit. (I've set a limit to user processes - 1000 ).
The kernel didn't want to reply even on Alt+SysRq+H.
Only Alt+SysRq+B could help. Of course, Ctrl+Alt+Del couldn't help
because init couldn't spawn processes to procees reboot scripts.

My kernel is 2.4.18

Best regards.
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