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SubjectRe: wacky implicit swap idea
On Sun, 12 Jul 1998, John Labovitz wrote:

> i think it might be cool if a linux installation didn't have to
> configure swap space; swap could just grow (or shrink) according to
> the actual disk space in the system. it might be good to mark certain
> disks as `swappable', so that swap would at least start out on fast
> devices.

Solaris does something similar to what you describe. The /tmp filesystem
and swap space are one and the same. As more swap is used, less space is
avilable in /tmp; and vice versa.
This has also been implemented for linux, try searching for tmpfs. It has
ot been included in the standard kernel as yet (and probably never will
be).

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