Re: [PATCH] ipc,shm: increase default size for shmmax

From: Davidlohr Bueso
Date: Tue Apr 01 2014 - 20:40:50 EST

On Tue, 2014-04-01 at 19:56 -0400, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> >> > Ah-hah, that's interesting info.
> >> >
> >> > Let's make the default 64GB?
> >>
> >> 64GB is infinity at that time, but it no longer near infinity today. I like
> >> very large or total memory proportional number.
> >
> > So I still like 0 for unlimited. Nice, clean and much easier to look at
> > than ULONG_MAX. And since we cannot disable shm through SHMMIN, I really
> > don't see any disadvantages, as opposed to some other arbitrary value.
> > Furthermore it wouldn't break userspace: any existing sysctl would
> > continue to work, and if not set, the user never has to worry about this
> > tunable again.
> >
> > Please let me know if you all agree with this...
> Surething. Why not. :)

*sigh* actually, the plot thickens a bit with SHMALL (total size of shm
segments system wide, in pages). Currently by default:

#define SHMALL (SHMMAX/getpagesize()*(SHMMNI/16))

This deals with physical memory, at least admins are recommended to set
it to some large percentage of ram / pagesize. So I think that if we
loose control over the default value, users can potentially DoS the
system, or at least cause excessive swapping if not manually set, but
then again the same goes for anon mem... so do we care?

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