Re: Killing/balancing processes when overcommited

From: Helge Hafting (
Date: Mon Sep 16 2002 - 02:29:47 EST

Rik van Riel wrote:

> If you kill the process that requests memory, the sequence often
> goes as follows:
> 1) memory is exhausted
> 2) the network driver can't allocate memory and
> spits out a message
> 3) syslogd and/or klogd get killed
> Clearly you want to be a bit smarter about which process to kill.

Ill-implemented klogd/syslogd. Pre-allocating a little memory
is one way to go, or drop messages until allocation
becomes possible again. Then log a complaint about
messages missing due to a temporary OOM.

Helge Hafting
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