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Re: [PATCH] fix infinite loop eating all the memory

From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fix infinite loop eating all the memory
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 18:13:53 +0200

   At which point would the arbitrary limit become acceptable?


   10MB of data seems big enough to avoid hitting the case on any
   normal file, for example.

8 char. long user seemed big enough, 2 char. years seemd big enough,
argument lists of 1024 chars seemd long enough, etc etc.  What seems
big enough right now, might be laughable tomorrow, and will be a pita
to fix.

   the OOM killer is known to sometimes misbehave and may well kill
   sshd on a remote server.

Then it would be better to fix the OOM killer to look at what grows
the fastest, and what hogs the most memory and kill that instead of a
process that has been nice all the time.

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