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

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Sun Jul 26 15:56:20 UTC 2020

On 7/26/20 10:52 AM, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> On Sun, 26 Jul 2020 10:39:16 -0500
> Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at> wrote:
>> My understanding of Linux OOM killer lies along same lines though my
>> understanding is much more simplified: kill minimal number of processes
>> to recover maximum amount of resources.
> 	Not always the right thing to do though.
>> Another speculative way to say
>> it would be: process owning maximum amount of RAM that keeps allocating
>> more RAM is first candidate.
> 	What a pity if that is the heavy weight analytic program that has a
> run time of several hours/days and is the only thing that matters running
> on the system.

And yes, I agreed with your sentiments (or judgement): killing a process 
is a bad thing always. Agreed before writing any of my comments.


Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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