On Thu, 5 Apr 2001, John P. Looney wrote:
> Just had my first experience with it yesterday. Wine went nuts, and
> grabbed all ram. The machine started getting slow...then Linux killed
> xchat, xmms and gnome-terminal on me, to free up memory for Wine. Nice
or you could have set reasonable per-process limits, on RH ->
@users hard core 100000
@users soft rss 99000
* hard rss 110000
@users soft nproc 100
@users hard nproc 200
@users soft nofile 1000
@users hard nofile 3000
@users soft data 80000
@users hard data 110000
#@users soft stack 16384
#@users hard stack 32768
and make sure that your xdm/kdm/gdm pam config files include
pam_limits.so under session. On RH7 most services reference a common
pam config file, system-auth.. make sure it has:
session required /lib/security/pam_limits.so
and hey presto, as long as your limits are sane you will probably
never hit the linux OOM killer.
To answer Paul Collins:
> I wish he'd fix the OOM killer and get the balancing right first.
balancing isn't the problem.
> I'm getting seriously tired of watching him and the MM "team"
> futz this.
futz what, implementation of code that is guaranteed to never please
everyone all the time?
> His main response to people complaining/reporting bugs (he seems
> to equate the two) is "show me the code", even when it's obvious
> bugs in code *he* wrote.
well to be fair, how the fsck are you ever going to write a perfect
process killer? think about it... it's impossible unless you have (to
borrow a phrase from mr. lyda) esp.c.
what annoys me the most is how people whine about this on
linux-kernel, when there exists a mechanism in linux to help avoid
hitting OOM (and the attendent kernel mm/oom_kill.c) -> per process
limits - and they don't bother setting it up.
So netscape locked up your box, or the kernel killed xmms, xchat,
etc.. instead of the rampant wine.. well if you had a reasonable
limit set then wine would have hit it and died before your box became
unreasonably slow and your other processes would be fine.
now, per-process limits aren't perfect - they won't stop a user or
process deliberately trying to hit OOM - but they do make a huge
difference in everday usage - use them.
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.iepaul at jakma.org
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