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Re: run debian off usb flash drive

On Sun, 7 Mar 2004 16:01, Marc Singer <elf@buici.com> wrote:
> > On my laptop 310M of data have been written over the last 15 hours (since
> > the last boot).  I have not done any compiles, none of the big cron jobs
> > have been run, and I have not done my daily update to unstable.
> >
> > At my current level of use if I had 20 free blocks I could expect an
> > error after a year.
> If you eliminate /var, /tmp, and email, do you still get 310MiB in 15
> hours?

The root file system (including /tmp) only had 14M of data written to it.

/var had 93M written, swap had nothing written (I've got 384M of RAM and the 
system has to run for a while before enough memory is leaked to give some 
swap use).  /home had 183M written which includes email.

> On a system that is receiving mail, I imagine that a USB fs isn't a
> great idea.  However, I use a laptop as a diagnostic tool and for
> attaching to the Internet through my client's networks.  In that case,
> I don't do a lot of permanent writing to the local fs.

I use my laptop for doing all work.  I think that flash storage is almost 
suitable for use in my laptop provided that I got enough of it.  It would 
cost more than hard disks, but would produce less noise and heat, and should 
be more reliable overall provided that the wear was distributed enough.

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