kernel killing processes when out of swap

Vivek Khera vivek at
Tue Apr 12 06:53:04 PDT 2005

On Apr 11, 2005, at 12:01 PM, Steven Hartland wrote:

> of swap? Which leads to the question would it not be more sensible to
> kill off the largest process first as its more than likely that it is 
> responsible
> for the problem?

so when this largest process is your production database server for 
your e-commerce site, what will you change your recommendation to be?

basically, there is no "right" choice of process to kill.  a machine 
that is out of resources is just a bad situation, and the right thing 
is to try to avoid getting there with careful monitoring and planning.

Vivek Khera, Ph.D.
+1-301-869-4449 x806

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