On Wed, 2011-04-13 at 13:34 +0200, Bernhard R. Link wrote: > * Philip Hands <email@example.com> [110413 12:54]: > > This strikes me as suboptimal, since one could use the disk space > > allocated to /tmp as extra swap and then allocate a tmpfs of that size > > to be mounted on /tmp with no effect other than allowing the system to > > have access to more swap than it would have otherwise had (of course, > > that's probably more than it needs, so instead you could just save some > > disk space that would otherwise be left generally unused by overloading > > the swap usage with /tmp usage. > > > > Therefore, in the multi-partition setup, I think we should also default > > to having /tmp on tmpfs. > > This has both the disadvantage of a system then having swap (given the > big memory sizes one currently has and the big difference between RAM > and disk access times, having swap is often quite a disadvantage) [...] Under Linux, swap space is a requirement to defragment RAM. (This may change in the future.) Without swap space, the kernel eventually becomes unable to make large physically-contiguous allocations. Don't turn it off. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.
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