killing process wasRe: in place file splitter

Kenny Hitt kennyhitt at
Wed Nov 13 11:26:07 EST 2002

Hi.  When my memory filled up, the Kernel didn't just pick a process at
random.  It started killing the processes that were eating up the


On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 02:22:03PM -0800, Tyler Spivey wrote:
> well, i guess you'd have to have enough memory to hold the whole file.
> that doesn't matter though, since the worst that can happen is that the
> kernel will kill any old process when the ram and swap fill up.
> i've had no swap, and my ram got filled and it killed anything - it picks a
> number at random and kills it.
> not very useful, just extreamly annoying - it should kill the process that
> is eating up all the ram.
> but now that we can add huge ammounts of swap space, this isn't a big issue
> anymore.
> just dd to a file with input from /dev/zero, run swapon, and if the file
> gets filled reboot so the swapspace
> isn't used, and trash it.
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