protecting some processes from out-of-swap killer

Dmitry Morozovsky marck at
Sat Apr 25 10:33:56 UTC 2015

Hi there colleagues,

I have stable/10 on a rather big machine (2*8*2 e5 Xeon, 64G RAM, SAS+SSD ZFS 
raid10+ZIL+L2ARC) acting as a PostgreSQL server. 

To use such a big resource pool that is mostly idle, I'd deployed poudriere 
there (using tmpfs) too.

Most times this combination works like a charm: LA could be 60+ and no visual 
latency increase on SQL queries.

However, sometimes postgres processes got killed by 'out of swap space'.  
I suppose the source of problem could be that VSZ size of postgres processes 
(8-9 G) is bigger than swap congigured (4G).

Is there any way to prevent this, besides reallocating space for swap?

Quick googling does not help, at least I could not find answers relevant 


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