ASU - out of memory?

Tilman Baumann tilman at
Thu Aug 21 16:48:11 CEST 2008

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) wrote:

>> I remember there was a proposal for a more intelligent oom killer system 
>> on lkml some time ago. No idea if this is still around.
>> (Was afaik some preemtive notification to userspace)
>> Intuitively the answer is clear. Kill the culprit and not just something 
>> big. But what is to kill? And how to determine without allocating any 
>> more memory...
>> I have never seen any craceful oom killer yet.
> really - we need a userspace "oom" that is "Smarter" (it knows what a system
> daemon is and what a user application is and what is a "necessary user desktop
> process"), so it will always kill "apps" not the phone daemon or the window
> manager or the launcher etc. it will stick to finding "visible apps" that have
> gone rogue and nuke them.
Had not followed the story, but seems to go in the right direction

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