What really kills [:-)] me is that they allocate memory assuming I will
not be using it all, then terminate the executable in an unrecoverable
way when I go to use the memory.

And, they make a judgement on users who don't want this by calling them

I will add something to the docs about this.


Tom Lane wrote:
> Jon Lapham <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > Just curious.  What would a rationally designed OS do in an out of 
> > memory situation?
> Fail malloc() requests.
> The sysctl docs that Andrew Dunstan just provided give some insight into
> the problem: the default behavior of Linux is to promise more virtual
> memory than it can actually deliver.  That is, it allows malloc to
> succeed even when it's not going to be able to actually provide the
> address space when push comes to shove.  When called to stand and
> deliver, the kernel has no way to report failure (other than perhaps a
> software-induced SIGSEGV, which would hardly be an improvement).  So it
> kills the process instead.  Unfortunately, the process that happens to
> be in the line of fire at this point could be any process, not only the
> one that made unreasonable memory demands.
> This is perhaps an okay behavior for desktop systems being run by
> people who are accustomed to Microsoft-like reliability.  But to make it
> the default is brain-dead, and to make it the only available behavior
> (as seems to have been true until very recently) defies belief.  The
> setting now called "paranoid overcommit" is IMHO the *only* acceptable
> one for any sort of server system.  With anything else, you risk having
> critical userspace daemons killed through no fault of their own.
>                       regards, tom lane
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