ASU - out of memory?

Tilman Baumann tilman at
Thu Aug 21 16:44:36 CEST 2008

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) wrote:
> On Thu, 21 Aug 2008 17:50:26 +0200 Esben Stien <b0ef at> babbled:
>> Tilman Baumann <tilman at> writes:
>>> all the linux memory overcommit behaviour more or less depends on
>>> the fact that it can allways save it's ass by using swap. (Instead
>>> of helplessley crashing)
>> Yes, or killing the application. Not having swap is nonsense;). If you
>> are using swap something is wrong, right, but then you fix it. I find
>> it strange that the debian install didn't make a little swap
>> partition.
> and luckily those smart fellas in kernel developer land.. made kernel
> overcommit.. a tunable parameter! and... cunningly.. on the FR (and as wel on
> my desktop) it's turned off! :) so... a moot point really. :)

pardon? Honestly? This is absurd!
Why? I don't get it.

I mean, how did you get the impression that overcomitting is a bad thing?

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