Linux DevCenter: When Linux Runs Out of Memory

“Perhaps you rarely face it, but once you do, you surely know
what’s wrong: lack of free memory, or Out of Memory (OOM). The
results are typical: you can no longer allocate more memory and the
kernel kills a task (usually the current running one). Heavy
swapping usually accompanies this situation, so both screen and
disk activity reflect this.

“At the bottom of this problem lie other questions: how much
memory do you want to allocate…?”

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