[pkg-fso-maint] swap partition needed? [fork from install.sh thread]

Nikita V. Youshchenko yoush at debian.org
Fri Feb 20 19:37:34 UTC 2009

> On 19/02/2009 13:06, Steffen Moeller wrote:
> > Well, I have no real insights in performance issues. What I observed
> > is that the memory available is rather low, but it is all too young
> > for as that I could reason about the benetifs of a adding swap.
> I don't have any opinion about swap.
> The only thing I can say is that I use XFCE on Freerunner and Midori,
> having still a bit of free ram (but only a bit).

Theoretically, haveing some swap space should make things a bit faster. 
Just because it will be able to swap out (part of) currently unused data 
segments of running processes, instead of freeng pages of mmaped files 
(such as running executables) and then reloading those. And when there is 
no memory pressure, some extra space for buffer cache should help 
performance too.

Some time ago I've added a swap file. And my feeling is that yes, it became 
a bit faster. Although it is hard to measure.

As for swap partition, I see littly rationale for it. Swap file will do.

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