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Re: Sheevaplug Questions

My aim with the plug was, is, to replace my 44P-170 RS6000 mail/web
server, currently running debian. I've installed a base debian onto
the plug into flash/nand (excuse terminology if incorrect) which
doesn't leave a great deal of space for the apps I'm intending to
install for the mail & web servers. I can probably squeeze everything
on and get round things by using an SD card or usb stick if not. I
intend to use a usb stick for the data anyway, that is web/mail data.

I'm wondering, now that I've installed to nand, apart from the quicker
boot process, what if any are the advantages of installing to nand?
Are there any issues regarding writing (as in OS writes for logging
etc) to nand as opposed to SD card or USB? Will this affect the
lifespan? Should I, for something that will not be rebooting very
often at all, have just stuck with the usb install?

Thank you for the replies guys, things are now clearer. I did and always
do spend a lot of time trawling the internet for info but it's always
nice to get other views.

Karsten, I am using ubifs on the nand with lzo compression and John,
emdebian grip would be the answer to my space concerns, now that you
mention it.

Whilst sticking /var on the stick and using nand is attractive to me, I
think I'll take the 'external' route as alluded to by Jim & Luke and go
back to the flash stick and implement a robust backup policy (as always)
of some description. The learning experience of installing on nand with
ubifs has been enjoyable nonetheless.

I had my mail server and the rootfs running on a 16GB usb stick for some months, I kept experiencing high load problems, which I suspect may have been down to the speed of the usb stick I was using. I don't have any real hard evidence to support this.

However, I have now transferred to an external Freecom usb hard drive, which is powered by the Sheeva (no external PSU). This had worked fine for more than a month and I haven't seen any load problems.


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