Running with vm.overcommit_memory=2

Tyler Larson fedora-devel at
Thu Feb 17 19:06:12 UTC 2005

Hans Kristian Rosbach wrote:
> But the kernel has been known to behave strangely when it does not have
> ANY swap space at all. Even 10MB could solve the problem.

That would, then, point to a kernel bug that needs to be fixed. Swap 
space is a luxury that not all systems have.  Most embedded environments 
don't even have disks.

Adding swap isn't a solution--it's a workaround. If, indeed, it *does* 
fix your problem, you should include that detail in your bug report.

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