Respite from the OOM killer
Posted Oct 4, 2004 17:22 UTC (Mon) by jzbiciak
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...and both are broken.
But, just like my car, which currently idles rough, has an exhaust leak, and the "service engine" light's on, it still gets me to and from work.
The difference is in the failure mode. Do you degrade gracefully, or do you start to blow up at the first sign of error? If you're a user, you probably want graceful degradation--you can tolerate some excessive swapping to a point, and if it gets too bad, you reboot. At least OOo didn't implode taking your document with it. If you're a developer, you probably want to know ASAP something's wrong so you can fix it.
Thankfully, my car still runs (albeit not entirely happily), rather than flashing "service engine" and shutting down.
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