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

    > i was reading Rik van Riel's paper on the zone-based memory allocator
    > (http://www.phys.uu.nl/~riel/zone-alloc.html), and came across this
    > sentence:
    >
    > Because of the fact that most UNIX (and Linux) machines have a
    > completely full memory (free memory is wasted memory), it is next
    > to impossible to free larger area's and the best we can do is be
    > very careful not to hand out those large areas when we only need a
    > small one.
    >
    > that phrase `free memory is wasted memory' got me thinking: could that
    > same philosophy be applied to disk space? as it stands now, i have a
    > predetermined and always allocated swap partition, plus a certain
    > amount of free disk space that's used for absolutely nothing until i
    > actually save a file to it. could the MM code interact with the
    > filesystem driver in such a way that swapping could be done to free
    > blocks anywhere on the disk, rather than only free blocks in the
    > specific partition that's marked as swap?
    >
    > 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.

    you want us to swap the way Windows does?

    heh :)
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