Re: [PATCH] proposed addition of Documentation/bigmem.txt

Myrdraal (
Sun, 17 May 1998 08:47:34 -0400

On Sun, May 17, 1998 at 08:13:15AM -0400, Peeter Joot wrote:
> > Every so often, the question of how to run Linux on a machine with alot
> > of memory (>900mb or so) comes up. Wouldn't it be nice if you could point
> > them to a file in Documentation/? If this patch makes it into the kernel,
> > you will be able to. Feedback? (Note, my email
> > seems to be non-functional. So don't mail me there.)
> As one of those people, I have some extra questions about this.
> Why is it that the default isn't to support (say) 2Gb by default?
Hmm, I'm not sure, and I didn't save the old threads on this subject.
> Are there some sort of disadvantages to machines with small
> memories that make this undesirable?
I would assume so. Perhaps it means that the machine can't have as much
swap space. Does anyone who knows more about this want to speak up? :)

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