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From: Dan Kegel <>
To: Alan Cox <>
Subject: Re: Kernel call chain search tool?
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 09:17:32 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Alan Cox wrote:
> On Wed, 2002-09-25 at 05:36, Dan Kegel wrote:
> > <prelude>
> > I have a large multithreaded program that has a habit of using too
> > much memory, and as a safeguard, I want to kill it before it makes
> > the system unstable.  The OOM killer often guesses wrong, and RLIMIT_AS
> > kills too soon because of the address space used up by the many thread
> > stacks.
> > So I'd like an RLIMIT_RSS that just kills the fat process.
> The RSS limit isnt a "kill" limit in Unix. its a residency limit. Its
> preventing the obese process from getting more than a certain amount of
> RAM as opposed to swap

Yeah.  RLIMIT_RSS seemed like something I could hijack for the
purpose, though.  And the code change was really small
( ).

If only the darn program didn't have so many threads, RLIMIT_AS
or the no-overcommit patch would be perfect.  I unfortunately can't 
get rid of the threads, so I'm stuck trying to figure out some way
to kill the right program when the system gets low on memory.

Maybe I should look at giving the OOM killer hints?
- Dan

  reply	other threads:[~2002-09-26 16:03 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2002-09-25  4:36 Dan Kegel
2002-09-26 15:15 ` Alan Cox
2002-09-26 16:17   ` Dan Kegel [this message]
2002-09-26 19:07     ` Rob Landley
2002-09-27  0:39       ` OOM killer hints (was: Re: Kernel call chain search tool?) Dan Kegel

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