On Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 9:07 AM, Matthew Miller
I think the issue is that it's it's _possible_ that a
could suddenly eat up a bunch of memory and go to swap right at the
time. If there's enough space, this is unlikely in practical use. I'm
super worried, because realistically that out-of-control processes and
runaway swap thrashing was going to take your system down or at the
least trigger OOM killing *anyway*.
Matthew, this happens *all the time* to me and to other developers I
work with when building software. All the time. I fine-tune my
ninjaargs to figure out the highest -j I can use when building without
killing my desktop. We shouldn't have to do this. We're not talking
about out of control processes, we're talking about running make or
ninja exactly as designed: it's expected to spawn a huge number of GCC
subprocesses (4, 8, 32...), each one will want 1-2 GB of RAM... the
Fedora desktop should remain smooth and performant under this load and
throttle ninja as needed, not freeze up.
If zram or zswap will help such that the desktop doesn't freeze up,
then great, let's try that.