Q: Reason for partitioning scheme?
mah at jump-ing.de
Thu Dec 13 20:08:38 GMT 2007
Am 13.12.2007 um 20:19 schrieb Emmet Hikory:
> One of the great advantages of having a swap partition is that
> everything becomes unbearably slow in a runaway memory situation,
> as opposed to the system losing arbitrary processes to the OOM-killer.
The few times I've seen runaway processes, they immediately crashed
or stopped misbehaving if they get hit by failing memory allocations.
That said, I agree an OS should do it's best (even swap partitions
can fill up) to satisfy what a process' demands. With a variable size
swap file inside a file system you could do even better and you
wouldn't waste several Gigabytes of disk space all the time for these
very rare cases.
For those guys with Terabyte platters: think about an EeePC: 1 GB
RAM, 4 GB disk.
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