glib dependency for the X Server

Bernardo Innocenti bernie at
Wed Apr 5 11:17:50 PDT 2006

Xavier Bestel wrote:

>> the difference is that you should at least TRY to do the right thing.
>> overcommitting is optional and can be turned off in the kernel
>> trivially. (echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/overcommit_memory). 
> The problem is that nobody uses that on their desktop, unless they are
> pretty aware of linux's internals. So you can pretty much say
> running_on_linux == program_killed_on_OOM.

Embedded linux systems with no baking storage for swap or
even no MMU (uClinux) are likely to be configured like

I worked on two platforms like this and our applications
would fail gracefully in low memory conditions.  The other
deamons such as crond, syslogd and inetd were robust too.

  // Bernardo Innocenti - Develer S.r.l., R&D dept.

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