Re: Behavior under swap catastrophe?

Olaf Titz (
14 Feb 1997 16:35:38 +0100

Rudolf Leitgeb <> wrote:
> If init dies, you get logged out and the offensive process (the one that
> eats all the memory) is terminated. But usually at least the operating
> system survives. The only way to prevent a process from eating too much

If init ever dies, the system is toast and needs the reset button.
Even a clean shutdown is impossible, since nothing will wait() for
exited processes, their process table slots and therefore their
working directories remain in zombie state, and umount fails.


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