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Re: usb stick as swap partition

On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 20:02:42 -0500, W. Guy Thomas wrote
> I have researched this but it seems no one wants to do this.
> Is it a bad idea?
> I think it would be better than my little hard drive churning on this
> old laptop.
> A full 128MB stick. 
> Fedora sees the stick, I create a partition in fdisk of type 82.
> I use 
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda1 bs=1024 count=131000
> then /sbin/mkswap /dev/sda1
> this takes a while, then it's done.
> but if I try to "swapon" /dev/sda1:
> "resource busy".
> any tips?
> I just want to cut down on the thrashing of my hard drive and if 
> this is slower, then fine, at least I can do other things since my 
> hard drive won't be churning away.
> Thanks for any further info!
> =G

I wouldn't recommend it for several reasons:

1. It's way slower that HDD access.
2. It's also slower than main memory.
3. It doesn't like constant access (Hence the resourse busy errors).
4. It's not designed for that purpose.

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