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Re: Corel/Debian Linux Installer

Of course, the reason for swap is because you KNOW that the ammount of RAM in
your system is never quite enough.  So swap is there for "overflow".  The
problem is that if you have 128 megs of RAM, and run out, you KNOW you will
probably need at least 128 megs of swap just to be sure you don't crash from
lack of memory.  

							Dave Bristel

On Mon, 16 Aug 1999, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:

> Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 16:05:51 -0600 (MDT)
> From: Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@ualberta.ca>
> To: "Sarel J. Botha" <sjb@dundee.lia.net>
> Cc: debian-devel@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Re: Corel/Debian Linux Installer
> Resent-Date: 16 Aug 1999 22:06:14 -0000
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> On Tue, 17 Aug 1999, Sarel J. Botha wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 16, 1999 at 04:41:11PM -0400, Aaron Faby wrote:
> > > or  "Use Recommended Partition Table", which will basically be a swap
> > > partition and just a plain ole "/" partition which will be fine for most
> > 
> > yup, crack.linuxppc.org fell over once, just because the guy who set it up
> > made swap smaller than 2x RAM :)
> This is such a gastly myth. The size of swap+ram is what is important in
> linux, not the size of swap as in some other systems. It used to be that
> with some unixes RAM acted as a cache for swap, the total available VM at
> any time was equal to the amount of swap you had [ie each page in ram was
> pre-comitted a location in swap]. In linux RAM and swap are combined
> together to yeild the total amount of available VM. You need to select the
> total available amount of VM to match the tasks you will perform - you
> don't need to have enough swap to cover your RAM.
> Jason
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