[Ilugc] [Fwd: Re: Do Linux desktop systems hangs ?]
andyetitmoves at gmail.com
Sat Jan 21 16:03:30 IST 2006
> It was the norm several years ago to have 2 x RAM swap space, when the
> average memory of a workstation was 128 or 256 MB. Nowadays, computers
> come with 1GB or more memory, and swap space is almost obsolete.
true... with a 512 MB system, swap is hardly used, but an occasional
openoffice, some versions of firefox left running overnight do push your
system to using swap. for that matter, having a swap always acts as some
safeguard especially when you use CVS code quite a bit (like I do), and are
likely to hit at some memory leak. over time, I have learnt to find other
uses for swap though :) one is mounting /tmp over tmpfs (I know that there
are opponents for this idea, but works well for me) which could indirectly
uses the swap. the second use is for software suspend (Suspend2 can work
without a swap partition I guess, but it doesn't work for me as yet).
it moves on..
PS: For people who use "swap monsters" like openoffice quite frequently, try
the "swap prefetching" enabled kernel (ck patchset) if you are hit by the
"system-crawls-after-exiting-oo" syndrome. It really works!
WARN_(accel)("msg null; should hang here to be win compatible\n");
-- WINE source code
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