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[ale] separate hd for swap?



Robert -

Yeah, you can use the 250MB drive for nothing but swap.  My concern 
would be if the 250MB drive is so much slower than your other drives 
that it would nullify any advantage to putting your swap partition on 
its own drive.  If you have a second 250MB drive, try making a swap 
partition there as well and setting them up in fstab with equalal 
priorities (see man fstab).  I've read that this works just as well as 
(if not better than) trying to use software RAID to make a stripe set 
out of two drives for swap.  I have a machine downstairs that has one 
1.7GB IDE drive, a 340MB IDE drive on the other controller, and a 120MB 
SCSI drive, and those last two drives are set up as swap.  

I haven't tried A/B measurements or anything, but I compiled a kernel 
using make -j (no param for the -j - a total machine-killer) on it and 
it was definitely grinding both its swap drives for hours!

- Jeff

Robert E Karaffa wrote:

>hi folks,
>	my linux box is all scsi.  adaptec 1542, scsi CD, CD-R (well, not
>quite yet...as soon as i figure out how to make it work), scsi HD.  i've
>got a few scsi hd rescued from dead Macs.  250Mb, a couple of 2Gb, 1.2Gb.
>isn't it possible to use the 250Mb hd for swap?  i've been doing some
>google searches and haven't found a negative answer.
>	i'm about to install mandrake 8.2 on this system using a 6.4Gb
>scsi hd for boot, the 250Mb for swap, and a 8.4Gb for storage.  anybody
>try something like this?  the current box has 2 2Gb scsi drives and scsi
>CD-ROM, 128Mb RAM, two NICS, and i'm about to re-invent it with the above
>specs.
>	so far, i've seen one scsi hd die, and 4 ide hd die.
>depressing...especially with the recent discovery that many current IBM 
>IDE drives in the Mac G3s and G4s are only to be
>used for 333 hours/month
>(http://www.macrumors.com/forums/showthread.php3?threadid=3047>)... and
>the
>scsi drive wasn't really dead, at least not quite yet, it lasted another
>year, then shuffled off.
>
>-Bob K.
>
>
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