Creating Swap Areas

Tim Chase blinux.list at
Wed Oct 6 12:48:33 UTC 2004

> Why is a swap partition more efficient than a file?

Hopefully my previous post answered this.  If it didn't make 
sense, feel free to ask about particulars of it and I can try to 
address specific items where I wasn't clear.

> Finally, what is this CF/M / �CTOS partition that I have?

CP/M was a semi-predecessor to Dos, most commonly run on 
Commodore computers.  (can't tell you much more than that--I was 
an Apple kid, rather than a Commodore kid)  I'm guessing that the 
partition table hadn't been properly configured or something of 
the like.  I'd first make sure that it's not actually being used, 
though I suspect that it's not--unless something totally bogus 
happened during the install.  You've really gotta try fairly hard 
to get most Linux installers to create a CP/M partition, and then 
install on it.  Thus, I *suspect* it's fairly safe to blow it 
away, and change the partition type to something useful like 
ext2/3, ReiserFS, JFS, XFS, Linux Swap, or even FAT if you're 
dual-booting with Windows/Dos and want to share files between 
them...I tend to keep my MP3/OGG/WAV collection in a FAT 
partition so I can play them from any of the OS's I boot 
(Windows, Linux, or OpenBSD).

Just to make sure, I'd check with "fdisk" to see which 
drive/partition it's on, and then check the output of "mount" to 
see if it's mounted anywhere (and thus in use).  If it's not, I'd 
say you're fairly safe to give it the big heave-ho.


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