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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wr...@rowe-clan.net>
Subject Re: APR failing in low memory situations
Date Fri, 23 Feb 2007 20:11:36 GMT
Chad Fox wrote:
> 
> I'd rather play 'whack-a-mole' tearing down user X's resources and tell
> him tough luck, rather than bringing down the entire system.  The abort
> functions could work for that, but what if you just want to tell user X he
> can't have more resources and let him continue?

You don't, you want to dump X on it's ass.

which is why the abort functions could implement a thread-specific
semi-safe teardown of that threads resources.

But, you don't know that X isn't the user of 32kb, while user Y is busy
chewing away at some 1.2gb of allocation.  So that's not even particularly
effective either.

search http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/apr-dev/ and even our
predecessor http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/httpd-dev/ for every
argument you are about to raise and every response to such arguments.

Outside of the abort function, this is not changing.  Perhaps at some point
a recovery callback might be added to permit a particularly savvy application
to immediately release some unnecessary resources (e.g. caches) and then
retry the allocation and return on success.

But return nomem by overallocation is a crash-bug and you aren't about to
convince this experienced group of developers otherwise :)

Bill

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