really strange problem

Adam Trilling agt10 at columbia.edu
Fri Feb 7 22:47:38 PST 2003


On Fri, 7 Feb 2003, Kelledin wrote:

> Hmmm, that sounds very, very likely.
>
> Last time I really hammered the kernel (2.4.18 I believe), the
> OOM killer would get tripped when mem+swap got sucked dry, and
> the kernel logged some messages about it.  Don't remember
> exactly what they said, but it was pretty clear from the
> messages that the OOM killer was in action.
>
> Next time that happens, try grepping your kernel-centric syslogs
> for "OOM", "out of memory", etc.

It could be worse.  Rumor has it that back in the days of the Rik Van Riel
memory manager, the OOM killer would sometimes decide to kill init.  I
always though OOM killer was supposed to let you regain control of your
system, not cause kernel panics :)


Adam Trilling
agt10 at columbia.edu
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