ASU - out of memory?

Tilman Baumann tilman at
Fri Aug 22 11:19:58 CEST 2008

Am 22.08.2008 um 02:50 schrieb Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman):

> On Thu, 21 Aug 2008 18:49:33 +0200 Tilman Baumann  
> <tilman at> babbled:
>> And come on. Software is not perfect. Sometimes we have to live  
>> with a
>> dreamteam like (old) firefox and x11. I had times when they had both
> man it gets annoying people blaming x11 for memory problems. it is  
> rarely a
> cause. it LOOKs bad because it is allocating ram FOR client apps  
> (like firefox)
> - when firefox asks for 300mb of pixmaps.. the memory sits in x11 -  
> not in
> firefox.

Yea i know. This is how it should be. My X did not always free this  
>> hundreds of megs virtual mem. But everything was fine because it  
>> all was
>> just harmlessly been swaped away. I restarted them every weekend to  
>> not
>> let it become worse.
>> Not ideal, but should the system rather be unusable in this  
>> condition?
> we should have a userspace oom that on low-memory kills off "user  
> apps" (not
> xserver or wm or basic required processes - just optional ones like  
> calculator,
> addressbook, web browser etc.) when things get low -
> not going and adding swap.

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