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Re: Scary kernel message from 2.6.10-k7 on sid

On Sat, 29 Jan 2005, Paul Johnson wrote:
> Just now, I was using my machine normally, then I went to
> http://ursine.ca/cgi-bin/dwww?search=patch (ursine.ca is my system[1])
> and the system got hung for about 20 seconds, with the KDE system monitor
> showing 100% system CPU usage and RAM usage almost pegged.  After a few
> seconds, the kernel barfed this on the xconsole:
> Jan 29 01:05:34 localhost kernel: oom-killer: gfp_mask=0x1d2

Some program ate all your RAM and swap.  The kernel didn't like it, and
killed something to make more RAM available I think.  It is weird that the
oom_killer didn't log what it was killing, along with the junk.

Anyway, maybe you should add some limits (see pam_limits PAM module, ulimit
shell command) to avoid this in the future.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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