links for 2010-03-08

  • Under the default memory management strategy, malloc() essentially always succeeds, with the kenrel assuming you're not _really_ going to use all of the memory you just asked for. The malloc()'s will continue to succeed, but not until you actually try to use the memory you allocated will the kernel 'really' allocate it. This leads to severe pathology in low memory conditions, because the application has already allocated the memory, it thinks it can use it free and clea

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