Data partition sharing between Ubuntu & WinXP

Phil Pinkerton pcpinkerton at
Fri May 25 15:43:18 UTC 2007

On 5/25/07, Dave Woyciesjes <woyciesjes at> wrote:
> Derek Broughton wrote:
> > Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
> >
> >> Greg Helton wrote:
> >>> First off, what's with all the swap? That's just a waste of space, as
> >>> chances are with 1.5gb of RAM you won't ever be swapping anyways.
> >> True, but I figured it couldn't hurt. IIRC, Linux needs at least one
> >> swap partition. This way, if one of those 3 disks dies, I still have my
> >> swap. Not to mention that 1.5 GB is a small amount on each of those.
> >
> > If you ever want to be able to hibernate/suspend, you will need between
> 1.5
> > & 3GB of swap.  Otherwise, no Linux doesn't _need_ a swap file/partition
> at
> > all.
>         Hibernate/suspend, no. Sleep, probably enable that, simply for
> power
> saving. Of course, if I find the machine starts up quick enough, then I
> probably won't even worry about using sleep, or any other power-saving
> features. Just to maintain reliability...
>         As for not needing swap space, I'm confused. When did that change?
> Or
> have I just completely mis-understood the point/need of swap space?
> Which is quite possible...
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>From my perspective swap is necessary primarily for a system dump, since
Linux/Unix resides in memory if your system crashes and you have dump
enabled, you want swap to be at LEAST equal to the amount of memory you
have. It may be old school, but my swap is usually 2x my memory UP TO 2GB. I
have not seen any dumps larger than that ( so far )  Even though I have a
4GB laptop I only have 2gb of swap configured.
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