[clug] to swap or not to swap that is the question

Martin Pool mbp at sourcefrog.net
Wed Jun 30 21:54:18 GMT 2004

On  1 Jul 2004, Alex Satrapa <grail at goldweb.com.au> wrote:
> On 30 Jun 2004, at 19:35, Kim Holburn wrote:
> >Yeah well this was what my question was about.  I have a number of 
> >machines, servers that have no hard Disk at all.  But one of them has 
> >been going unstable.  It seems that it was running out of memory.
> I have a router which had 64MB of RAM and no swap. One day I decided to 
> try to move more stuff onto that machine (DHCP, DNS), so now it has a 
> swap partition to hold the unused pages - about 2MB total. The swapfile 
> only exists because I can't find more memory for that ancient hardware 
> - it's a Pentium 133 with 8 x 8MB SIMMs.
> Since I added the extra software, the machine takes twice as long to 
> start up and shut down - all for want of 2MB of RAM! Them's the breaks, 
> I guess.

If you added more swap, it would probably be happier.

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