*I would generally not advise using this unless you have skill at debugging why OOM has spawned and also debugging kernel panics after they happen, from logs.*

It is possible to configure your kernel to panic when OOM is spawned, which in itself is not useful but, coupled with a kernel option for auto-rebooting a system when the kernel panics it can be a very useful tool.

Think before implementing this and use at your own risk, I take zero responsibility for you using this.

sudo sysctl vm.panic_on_oom=1
sudo sysctl kernel.panic=X # X is the amount of seconds to wait before rebooting


This will inject the changes in to a system that is currently running but will be forgotten on reboot so use the lines below to save permanently.

sudo echo "vm.panic_on_oom=1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
sudo echo "kernel.panic …


First we need to make sure we have all the stuff we need to compile mk livestatus and run it

sudo apt-get install make build-essential xinetd ucspi-unix

MK Livestatus

Grab the mk livestatus source from here, currently it’s version 1.1.10p3 but update the commands below to match your version.

wget http://mathias-kettner.de/download/mk-livestatus-1.1.10p3.tar.gz
tar xvzf mk-livestatus-1.1.10p3.tar.gz
cd mk-livestatus-1.1.10p3
sudo make install


Now that it’s compiled we need to write a xinetd config for it, create a new file called /etc/xinetd.d/livestatus and put the following in it

service livestatus {
    type = UNLISTED
    port = 6557
    socket_type = stream
    protocol = tcp
    wait = no
    cps = 100 3
    instances = 500
    per_source = 250
    flags = NODELAY
    user = nagios
    server = /usr/bin/unixcat
    server_args = /var/lib/nagios3/rw/live
    only_from = # modify this to …