Subject: Re: memory tester shows up swap/page tuning bug [was Re: BUFFERCACHE, PR 1903]
To: None <,>
From: Sean Doran <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/15/1996 10:27:31
[with respect to my joke about chill and a suggestion that
it's not a bad idea that it should be shipped...]

| Yes it is.  In fact, it's bloody stupid.
| Why give random users using somebody else's box a ready-made
| perormance killer?

Exactly.   Owner root, mode 0500.   Problem solved?

Just because Stun ships their version as root.kmem, 02755,
doesn't mean everyone else should do the same thing.

However, I agree; the utility of this kind of tool is
limited to, maybe, "do a memory check", and more likely,
"run this program to see some VM bugs", or even, "run this
program to simulate EMACS making a computer slow".   
I doubt the last two things are very useful at this point, 
and I'm sure that reaching out and dirtying lots of VM pages 
certainly isn't a good way to check physical memory...