fork bomb

yes `yes`

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By: metuhh
2009-06-12 18:59:26
yes

What Others Think

This is not a fork bomb, only one process gets started. What it does is just exhaust RAM really fast and cause extreme system lag while pages are swapped to disk. `yes` # works just the same
rhythmx · 583 weeks and 1 day ago
a real fork bomb would be: :(){:|:&};:
sharfah · 583 weeks ago
lol i don't understand it but i likes it e temporarily unavailable -bash: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable -bash: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable -bash: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable -bash: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable -bash: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable
carlco2 · 583 weeks ago
rhythmx is right, this is not a fork bomb. This command only causes the shell process to grow forever while it is collecting output from the `yes` process, using 100% CPU. Eventually the shell will die (or terminate gracefully if the shell's programmer had a clue) because it runs out of malloc() memory. If this command causes any real harm, then your shell or your OS (or both) has a bug.
inof · 582 weeks and 4 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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