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RE: [rhn-users] HELP!! Bad blocks when installing RH9. What should I do?

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Hattie Rouge

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> From: rhn-users-admin redhat com 
> [mailto:rhn-users-admin redhat com] On Behalf Of Edward C. Bailey
> Sent: Friday, May 09, 2003 9:23 AM
> To: rhn-users redhat com
> Subject: Re: [rhn-users] HELP!! Bad blocks when installing 
> RH9. What should I do?
> >>>>> "Hattie" == Hattie Rouge <redhat netgods us> writes:
> ...
> > One cool thing about Solaris is that they have another layer of 
> > indirection in the memory management and if you have enough RAM, 
> > you can do without *any* swap.  Eventually linux will probably 
> > get there as well.
> Already is -- you don't *have* to have swap -- but if you 
> need it, you'll wish you had it... :-)

Oh, this is good news.  I hadn't run across this tidbit.  When did it
show up, do you know?

Anyone know if you can delete swap on the fly?  That's another nice
thing about Solaris.  Even on a production system you can safely delete
swap and then if you don't have enough RAM, add it back.  And yes, I've
done it on a production Oracle server.  I had enough RAM for almost all
of the workload.

> > I've often wondered why the disk drive manufacturers don't make 
> > a disk device specifically for a swap drive.  
> ...
> > They could, in fact, make a disk specifically for the OS and 
> > swap: one drive motor, two voice coils and head assy.
> It's already been done -- IBM was building drives with two 
> separate access arms (and control/data paths) for its 
> mainframes about 20 years ago.  If I recall correctly, they 
> weren't used for splitting OS/swap I/O loads, but to support 
> multi-system access to the drives.  I don't know whether they 
> still do this (though I'd guess not, given how there are 
> other ways to solve this particular problem)...

I meant with modern drives.  I would think that a significant PC
fraction would pay a bit more to get the extra I/O performance if the
performance is significant.  That's a lot of disks...

> It'd make a hell of a drive for a PVR, though... :-)
>                                 Ed
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