sbrk(2), OOM-killer and malloc() overcommit

Vadim Goncharov vadimnuclight at
Fri Jan 4 12:27:06 PST 2008

05.01.08 @ 01:28 Peter Jeremy wrote:

>> will make a bad reputation  for FreeBSD as a server platform. But there  
>> are
>> related "bug", in that of malloc overcommit, which can be demonstrated  
>> by
>> this short program (if no resource limits are present, you'll see):
> This is a feature, not a bug.
>> - but it has never
>> gone into src tree. So why we still have this problem, why not have at
>> least this patch?..
> Overcommit has been bikeshedded extensively in the past.  I suggest you
> study the archives first.

So why we are losing users due to this "feature", as other OSes provide  
tunables? Can I find somewhere summary of that discussions in archives?

WBR, Vadim Goncharov

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