Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Wed Jul 11 19:33:09 UTC 2007

* Jon Masamitsu:

> Yes, hotspot does do a reserve of a continuous address space for the
> entire heap at initialization with an mmap call using
> As the heap is actually expanded the space is mmap'ed with
> so it can actually be used.  See the reserve_memory() and
> commit_memory() methods
> in os/linux/vm/os_linux.cpp for the details.

This is not sufficient in vm.overcommit_memory = 2 mode.  Without
PROT_NONE, the allocation still counts against the beancounter limit.
Perhaps this is a kernel bug, but is has been this way for quite some

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