Subject: Re: Swap overcommit (was Re: Replacement for grep(1) (part 2))
To: John Nemeth <>
From: Daniel C. Sobral <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/15/1999 13:46:43
John Nemeth wrote:
>      The machine in question has run out of swap, due to unforseeable
> excessive memory demands.  This was accompanied by processes
> complaining about not being able to allocate memory and then cleaning
> up after themselves.  I did not see random processes being killed
> because of it.  That is the way things should be.  From this, I can
> assume that the OS doesn't overcommit.  In case, you're wondering, the
> OS in question is:
> SunOS 5.5 Generic_103093-25 sun4u sparc

Uh... like any modern unix, Solaris overcommits.

Daniel C. Sobral			(8-DCS)

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