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SubjectRe: [announce] swap mini-howto
Jeff Garzik wrote:
>
> ...
> That said, I would like to again point out that using sparse swapfiles
> should still be discouraged. It may be supported, but it's much better
> for system performance and stability, IMO, if the sysadmin makes certain
> all swapfiles are 100% allocated before they are mentioned to the swap
> subsystem.
>

That got stamped out. swapon will fail if the file isn't fully
instantiated on disk:


static int setup_swap_extents(struct swap_info_struct *sis)
{
...
block = bmap(inode, probe_block + block_in_page);
if (block == 0)
goto bad_bmap;
...
bad_bmap:
printk(KERN_ERR "swapon: swapfile has holes\n");
ret = -EINVAL;
}
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