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SubjectRe: 2.4 and 2GB swap partition limit
On Wed, 2 May 2001, Roger Larsson wrote:
> On Wednesday 02 May 2001 02:43, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > On Tue, 1 May 2001, David S. Miller wrote:
> > > Rik van Riel writes:
> > > > Then we will be scanning through memory looking for something to
> > > > swap out (otherwise we'd not be in need of swap space, right?).
> > > > At this point we can simply free up swap entries while scanning

> We could reclaim swap space for dirty pages. They have to be
> rewritten anyway...
>
> Or would the fragmentation risk be too high?

I guess the fragmentation would get worse. Also, when you've got
more than enough swap left there's absolutely no reason to reclaim
the swap when pages get dirtied.

I just guess we should start reclaiming swap space as soon as the
free swap space gets below, say, 5%. We could go for a more complex
system of only reclaiming the swap space of dirty pages from a lower
threshold on, but I doubt that's worth the complexity.

regards,

Rik
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