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Re: Ideal Swap Partition Size



On Wed, 2009-01-21 at 20:55 +1030, Tim wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-01-20 at 20:06 -0800, Gordon Messmer wrote:
> > maybe based on the idea that swapping will cause the system to 
> > behave badly
> 
> It seems strange to think that a system will swap just because there's
> swap space available.  Surely, it's only going to swap when it needs to,
> and you'd be faced with operating and swapping, or being unable to swap
> and unable to operate once you reach that stage.

True, but in some systems -- especially those with realtime requirements
-- it can actually be preferable to fail than to go slow (due to what we
oldtimers call "thrashing").

poc


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