Subject: Re: Swap overcommit (was Re: Replacement for grep(1) (part 2))
To: John Nemeth <>
From: Ben Rosengart <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/14/1999 17:57:40
On Wed, 14 Jul 1999, John Nemeth wrote:

>      On one system I administrate, the largest process is typically
> rpc.nisd (the NIS+ server daemon).  Killing that process would be a
> bad thing (TM).  You're talking about killing random processes.  This
> is no way to run a system.  It is not possible for any arbitrary
> decision to always hit the correct process.  That is a decision that
> must be made by a competent admin.  This is the biggest argument
> against overcommit:  there is no way to gracefully recover from an
> out of memory situation, and that makes for an unreliable system.

$DEITY on a pogo stick, how many times do we have to hear the same
hypothetical argument?

Tell me, Mr. Nemeth, has this ever happened to you?  Have you ever come


UNIX Systems Engineer, Skunk Group
StarMedia Network, Inc.