Tom, et al,

> > Given that swap space is cheap, and that killing random processes is
> > obviously bad, it's not apparent to me why people think this is not
> > a good approach --- at least for high-reliability servers.  And Linux
> > would definitely like to think of itself as a server-grade OS.

Regrettably, few of the GUI installers for Linux (SuSE or Red Hat, for 
example), include adequate swap space in their "suggested" disk formatting.  
Some versions of some distributions do not create a swap partition at all; 
others allocate only 130mb to this partition regardless of actual RAM.

So regardless of what they *should* be doing, there's thousands of Linux users 
out there with too little or no swap on disk ...

Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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