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SubjectRe: Fix SWSUSP & !SWAP
On Thu, 24 Apr 2003 12:16:48 +1200 Nigel Cunningham <ncunningham@clear.net.nz> wrote:

| On Thu, 2003-04-24 at 12:17, CaT wrote:
| > I'm curious. What does a swapfile solve that a swapdev does not? Either
| > way you need to prealloc the case (either have a chunky file in a
| > partition or a partition set aside) or you need to keep enough room
| > avail to fit the file when it's needed.
|
| Nothing but further bloat in swsusp :> With a swapfile, we need to know
| the location of the file (and be able to find it again when it changes,
| and know how to find the next block in the file system - it might be
| fragmented). The simplest solution is to keep using the current method
| and create a separate swap partition if you really feel you need to,
| only turning it on before swap and turning if off afterwards. As Pavel
| said, code could be added to get swsusp to do it itself.

That may be simple for you, but for lots of users, adding a partition
(to a ususally full disk drive) isn't simple. It means backups,
shrink a filesystem, shrink a partition, add a partition, and run
mkswap on it. Yes, the latter 2 are simple, but the former ones
are not.

Oh, and then just start over and install everything from backups. :(

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~Randy
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