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Re: Locking processes against being killed when low on memory

On Fri, 22 Feb 2008 00:42:14 -0500
David Holland <> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:16:35PM +0000, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>  > I wrote a program that was intended to grab and zero all free
>  > memory. When I tried running it while multiuser, it crashed the
>  > machine...  I was unable to reproduce that in single-user, and
>  > since I was in X I have no idea what the crash was.
> How recently was this? I used to get this behavior pretty reliably
> whenever I accidentally ran a program that used all the memory on the
> system, but it stopped being a problem maybe a year ago or so and I
> thought whatever it was had probably been fixed.
Within the last two weeks...

                --Steve Bellovin,

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