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Subject[PATCH 1/2] doc, mm: sync up oom_score_adj documentation
From: Michal Hocko <>

There are at least two notes in the oom section. The 3% discount for
root processes is gone since d46078b28889 ("mm, oom: remove 3% bonus for
CAP_SYS_ADMIN processes").

Likewise children of the selected oom victim are not sacrificed since
bbbe48029720 ("mm, oom: remove 'prefer children over parent' heuristic")

Drop both of them.

Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <>
Documentation/filesystems/proc.rst | 8 --------
1 file changed, 8 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.rst b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.rst
index 996f3cfe7030..8e3b5dffcfa8 100644
--- a/Documentation/filesystems/proc.rst
+++ b/Documentation/filesystems/proc.rst
@@ -1634,9 +1634,6 @@ may allocate from based on an estimation of its current memory and swap use.
For example, if a task is using all allowed memory, its badness score will be
1000. If it is using half of its allowed memory, its score will be 500.

-There is an additional factor included in the badness score: the current memory
-and swap usage is discounted by 3% for root processes.
The amount of "allowed" memory depends on the context in which the oom killer
was called. If it is due to the memory assigned to the allocating task's cpuset
being exhausted, the allowed memory represents the set of mems assigned to that
@@ -1672,11 +1669,6 @@ The value of /proc/<pid>/oom_score_adj may be reduced no lower than the last
value set by a CAP_SYS_RESOURCE process. To reduce the value any lower

-Caveat: when a parent task is selected, the oom killer will sacrifice any first
-generation children with separate address spaces instead, if possible. This
-avoids servers and important system daemons from being killed and loses the
-minimal amount of work.

3.2 /proc/<pid>/oom_score - Display current oom-killer score
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