Bug#491226: boincmgr: does not respect VM occupation limits

Frank S. Thomas fst at debian.org
Mon Aug 25 17:53:54 UTC 2008

reassign 491226 boinc-client 6.2.12-1

Hi Sandro,

On Thursday 17 July 2008 20:58, Sandro Tosi wrote:
> I've set limits for VM usage:
> zion:/debs# grep vm_max_used_pct etc/boinc-client/global_prefs_override.xml
>    <vm_max_used_pct>75.000000</vm_max_used_pct>

I'm not totally sure but I think <vm_max_used_pct> is only used to determine 
if enough swap space is available to leave suspended applications in memory 
if <leave_apps_in_memory> is set. So for example if <vm_max_used_pct> is set 
to 25.0 and you have 1 GB of swap space, BOINC would only use 250 MB of it 
for suspended applications.

> but boicmgr didn't respect them, and I got 4 garli processes (each one
> takes 1Gb of ram) on my 4Gb Ram machine, and the box got freezed.

If you want to limit RAM usage, you should adjust <ram_max_used_busy_pct> and 
<ram_max_used_idle_pct> in global_prefs_override.xml.

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