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Re: Swap space



On Sat, 2009-02-21 at 16:37 -0600, Aaron Konstam wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-02-21 at 10:37 -0430, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> > On Sat, 2009-02-21 at 15:04 +0000, James Wilkinson wrote:
> > > Frank Murphy wrote:
> > > > Use a usb-stick, formatted as swap.
> > > > It will be made use of on boot up.
> > > > I have four machines using them (up to 4gb sticks)
> > > > ymmv
> > > 
> > > Note that questions have been asked about how long flash will last if
> > > used for swap. (But the worst thing that can happen is that the machine
> > > crashes and the flash becomes unusable).
> > 
> > Has anyone actually compared the speed of pendrives versus hard disks
> > when used for swap?
> 
> 
> They have to be much slower and pendrives have a finite lifew in terms
> of numbers of accesses before they fail. Using them for swap is a really
> bad idea, 

Pretty much what I thought.

poc


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