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SubjectRe: why swap at all?
On Wed, 26 May 2004 10:23:32 +0100, John Bradford wrote:
> A run-away process on a server with too much swap can cause it to grind to
> almost a complete halt, and become almost compltely unresponsive to remote
> connections.
>
> If the total amount of storage is just enough for the tasks the server is
> expected to deal with, then a run-away process will likely be terminated
> quickly stopping it from causing the machine to grind to a halt.

I'm not sure your optimism about the correct (run-away) process being
terminated is justified. Granted, there are definitely scenarios
where swapless operation is preferable, but in most circumstances --
especially workstations as the original poster described -- I'd rather
minimize the risk of losing data.

Roger
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