Subject: Re: Replacement for grep(1) (part 2)
To: Jordan K. Hubbard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Todd Whitesel <email@example.com>
Date: 07/12/1999 16:55:38
> > Yuck. That's a complete abomination. What's the point of it? It's turning
> Paging Terry Lambert, Terry Lambert - do you read me? It's time for
> your annual rant on the topic of memory overcommit. :-)
It's not overcommit so much as it is what happens to a process that gets a
page fault when there are no available pages to 'fix up' the overcommit.
AIX began overcommitting at one point but would kill -9 any process that
page faulted when there were no available pages. AIX sysadmins universally
hated this behavior and allocated HUGE swap files to avoid it.
I assume FreeBSD does something more reasonable.
toddpw @ best.com