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AW: when is swap allocated

Well from my point of view, I'd say be glad. And it is not so surprising.
I've got three machines running Linux and one Windows NT-System - all of
them with 128 Megs of RAM and - surprise surprise - the only PC that does
swapping is  the windows NT system. Linux has a great advantage in
Memory-Usement over most other Desktop (and even some Server) OSes

So you propably shouldn't bother - besides there is rarely anything you
could do about the way your System uses his swap-space. This is part of the
memory-management in the kernel and it's mostly written in assembly.

Feel good about it...


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Von: bs7452@csc.albany.edu [mailto:bs7452@csc.albany.edu]
Gesendet: Freitag, 21. Januar 2000 18:56
An: debian
Betreff: when is swap allocated

I was just wondering when/why swap space is used.  I rooted around a bit
in the various sources of documentation, but didn't find what I was
looking for.  The reason I ask is that swap is very rarely used on my
system.  Most of the time, the results of "free" look like this:

             total       used       free     shared    buffers
Mem:        128300     125204       3096      91920       2784
-/+ buffers/cache:      61360      66940
Swap:       273024       4344     268680

Maybe I should be glad that there is little need on my system for swap,
but I'm a little surprised and worried that something is not set


Brian J. Stults
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Sociology
University at Albany - SUNY
Phone: (518) 442-4652  Fax: (518) 442-4936
Web: www.albany.edu/~bs7452

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