Bug 734732

Summary: oom killer is killing more processes than is needed
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Reporter: Frantisek Hrbata <fhrbata>
Component: kernelAssignee: Frantisek Hrbata <fhrbata>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact: Kunshan Wang <kuwang>
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Priority: high    
Version: 6.2CC: czhang, jburke, jeder, jstancek, lwang, onestero
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OS: Linux   
Fixed In Version: kernel-2.6.32-196.el6 Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Description Frantisek Hrbata 2011-08-31 10:28:51 UTC
Description of problem:

The oom killer is continuing to kill other processes, while a process previously selected by oom killer is already freeing its memory. Meaning, oom killer kills more and innocent tasks.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

kernel-2.6.32-174.el6 and newer

How reproducible:
Create a simple mem hog process and the oom killer will kill it along with another innocent process.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. swapoff -a
2. echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/overcommit_memory
3. run mem hog process
Actual results:
The mem hog process is killed along with another innocent processes.

Expected results:
Only the mem hog process is killed.

Additional info:

Fixed by the following upstream commit:

Comment 3 RHEL Program Management 2011-09-07 14:20:18 UTC
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion
in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release. Product Management has 
requested further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed 
products. This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update release.

Comment 4 Aristeu Rozanski 2011-09-12 15:04:09 UTC
Patch(es) available on kernel-2.6.32-196.el6

Comment 8 errata-xmlrpc 2011-12-06 14:27:42 UTC
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.