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Re: usb stick as swap partition



On Thu, 2004-10-14 at 21:32, W. Guy Thomas wrote:
> On Thu, 2004-10-14 at 21:28, Gideon N. Guillen wrote:
> > On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 20:02:42 -0500, W. Guy Thomas <mrguytx austin rr com> 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
> > 
> > Well, have you used this usb stick for other stuff? If the answer is
> > no, well, it's possible that you have a memory stick that uses the
> > entire block dvice, not partitions, like /dev/sda instead of
> > /dev/sda1.
> > 
> > Anyway, as the other poster said, this is not recommended. Even if
> > your hard disk will be free, this will slow down you computer even
> > more as your system will be put to a state where the kernel has to
> > finish writing to virtual memory before handing over cpu/resources
> > again to processes.
> 
> I haven't used it for anything except to format it as vfat and write to
> it to make sure it works.
> 
> Surely we can at least give it a try?
> I have tried all the procedures I can find.
> If anyone could pick up on where I left off and spot what I'm missing
> I'd be most grateful.
> I have done my research and am not asking for my hand to be held, just
> some pointers as to what I might have missed please?
> 

With a hard disk partition as swap it gets set to type 82. Maybe you
should set the flash stick the same since you are using the entire
partition as swap.

> thanks.
> 
> G


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