Ask stupid questions and you'll get a stupid answers, was: Technological advantages over Linux

Victor Sudakov vas at
Sun Jul 26 15:18:38 UTC 2020

Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> > FreeBSD freezes, then kills some innocent random processes like
> > local_unbound, then it may slowly recover. Sometimes it guesses
> > correctly and kills the offender (firefox most often).
> 	What else would you have it do ?  Kill the largest process ? Kill
> the last process to call malloc ? There is no good response to OOM. The OS
> has no way to know which processes you care about most.

AFAIK the Linux OOM killer uses multiple weighted criteria to decide
which process to kill. Each process has an oom_score showing its
eligibility to be killed.

So at least Linux attemps intelligent killing. What about FreeBSD?

Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
2:5005/49 at fidonet
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