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Re: run debian off usb flash drive

On Sun, Mar 07, 2004 at 04:21:25PM +1100, Russell Coker wrote:
> 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.

...and if only I get get it to *not* write spam to disk.

> > 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.

Your optimism is impressive.  

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