sbrk(2) broken

Kostik Belousov kostikbel at
Fri Jan 4 05:59:23 PST 2008

On Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 08:54:38AM -0500, Skip Ford wrote:
> Robert Watson wrote:
> > On Fri, 4 Jan 2008, Dag-Erling SmЬrgrav wrote:
> > >Robert Watson <rwatson at> writes:
> > >>The right answer is presumably to introduce a new LIMIT_SWAP, which
> > >>limits the allocation of anonymous memory by processes, and size it to
> > >>something like 90% of swap space by default.
> > >
> > >Not a good solution on its own.  You need a per-process limit as well, 
> > >otherwise a malloc() bomb will still cause other processes to fail 
> > >randomly.
> > 
> > That was what I had in mind, the above should read RLIMIT_SWAP.
> Are you referring to the implementation of RLIMIT_SWAP in the
> overcommit-disable patch at:
> ...or some other as yet unwritten implementation?  That patch doesn't
> currently do 90% of swap but easily can.  That's been available for almost 3
> years now.  I tested it at one point but not lately and it never went into
> production.  Do you, and others, have a problem with that implementation?
Oh, I thought that I was the sole user of the patch. What problems did you
encountered while testing it ?

What you mean by "do 90% of swap" ?
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