Re: 3.0 wishlist Was: Overview of 2.2.x goals?

Dan Hollis (
Tue, 20 Jan 1998 10:01:37 -0800 (PST)

On 20 Jan 1998, Chris Adams wrote:
> According to Dan Hollis <>:
> >On Tue, 20 Jan 1998, linux kernel account wrote:
> >> On Mon, 19 Jan 1998, Dan Hollis wrote:
> >> > The reserved section is called your swap partition.
> >> Which then must be as big as ram..
> >And which generally is. At least, I'm pretty sure most people arent
> >running less swap than physical ram. Isnt the general rule of thumb these
> >days that swap should be at least 2x ram?
> I don't have my swap as big as RAM on my news server, for example. It
> has 320MB RAM, but only 128MB swap. Why would I want 640MB of swap?

Actually thinking more about it, the only thing that needs to be saved in
a kernel panic is the kernel itself and its data structures. Saving a
whole snapshot of ram probably wouldn't be terribly important. Most likely
the kernel + structures will always fit into swap even if its smaller than
physical ram. I should go look at what exactly FreeBSD saves in a crash