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Re: usb stick as swap partition

One more thing to keep in mind is that flash memory has a limited lifetime - limited by the number of cycles (writes actually), and when you swap, you put _lots_ of cycles through your usb stick. I doubt btw. that swapping to your usb stick will be any faster than wapping to your hd. Your hd should be multiple time faster, even with random access patterns... esp. if it's a usb 1.1 device!

Can only advise _not_ to swap to usb stick.


From: "W. Guy Thomas" <mrguytx austin rr com>
Reply-To: mrguytx austin rr com,For users of Fedora Core releases <fedora-list redhat com>
To: For users of Fedora Core releases <fedora-list redhat com>
CC: Wolfgang Gill <wolfgang rpi net au>
Subject: Re: usb stick as swap partition
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 21:17:27 -0500

On Thu, 2004-10-14 at 20:43, W. Guy Thomas wrote:
> On Thu, 2004-10-14 at 20:29, Wolfgang Gill wrote:
> > On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 20:02:42 -0500, W. Guy Thomas wrote
> > >
> > > 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.
> I don't care if it's slower. What's slow is when I do something like a
> major yum update, my hard drive has to thrash to swap, I'd rather it
> thrash to stick and let me continue on...this doesn't happen often that
> I get in swap-thrash but I'd like to fix that if possible. I can't
> upgrade ram or hd space in this laptop.
> > 2. It's also slower than main memory.
> That's ok with me if it's doing something I don't care about in the
> background.
> > 3. It doesn't like constant access (Hence the resourse busy errors).
> I think the resource busy error is something I've done wrong in setting
> it up. And it wouldn't be in constant access, only when I am doing
> something extreme.
> > 4. It's not designed for that purpose.
> Of course not, but we gotta try don't we? ;)
> >
> > Wolf
> > --
> > Open WebMail Project (http://openwebmail.org)
> >
> =G

If someone might help with whatever steps I seem to be missing at least
I could test it. That would be great, thanks.


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