Re: running out of memory

H. Peter Anvin (
8 Jul 1997 15:44:46 GMT

Followup to: <>
By author: Mike Kilburn <>
In newsgroup:
> Why? Is there something peculiar about Linux memory management that
> requires swap? I have a router/termserver running from ramdisk
> without swap and its seems fine, hope its not going to crash on
> me. I dont think update is really needed in this case either.

No, but under a *typical* desktop load, with many processes, if you
don't have enough swap you are basically wasting expensive RAM to save
on cheap disk... A router is very different, since routing is a
kernel affair. Furthermore, you're probebly willing to pay a little
more so that you can run completely out of RAM, using a RAMdisk.


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