On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 10:13:06AM +0100, Niall O Broin mentioned:
> I just got the above error on a colo'ed box which is a bit distressing, to
> say the least. This happened coincidentally with a change to a userland
> service but I can't see that it would gobble memory - it's a little Perl
> app. which might consume a few MB at most. Is this the error message which
> one gets when one encounters the infamous kernel OOM situation ?
Nope, it's an error you get when the kernel screws up. It usually means
that a device driver or some non-VM part of the kernel has got confused,
and wants a page of kernel memory that doesn't exist. In usermode, you get
a seg fault.
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to go where you will, even to Mordor, Saruman, if you desire. "
-- Gandalf, paraphrasing the choice between Free and Non-free software
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