[PC-BSD Testing] Swap and root partition sizes... wtf?

Jamie Ivanov jamie.ivanov at gmail.com
Wed Aug 24 12:36:10 PDT 2011

2*mem was the rule of thumb 10 years ago. I've run bsd from 486's to multi-core xeon servers, I have *never* used more than 1G swap. Back in those 486 days the rule of thumb applied. But still, 9G of swap? Its simple to incorporate your "rule of thumb" with a logical limiter so nobody waste 9G on swap. With 4G of ram, I doubt swap will ever be used, it hasn't yet.

Btw, has GELI been fixed yet?
Jamie Ivanov / KC9LFD
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From: Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org>
Sender: testing-bounces at lists.pcbsd.orgDate: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:31:05 
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Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Testing] Swap and root partition sizes... wtf?

On 08/24/2011 15:20, Jamie Ivanov wrote:
> Of course, excellent suggestion. 9G of swap is still beyond ridiculous though.
> It would have been nice for the installer to give a partition summary so I could have gone back and manually setup partitions.

You mean something like this? :)


> My 2 cents worth is 4G root and 512 (or even 1G if necessary) of swap, that is how I've rolled since freebsd 4.x and I've never had to adjust that :)

We deal with a lot of systems running on older hardware, which often 
have limited space, so having less on "/" and more on "/usr" is 
typically what we want. The problem with adjusting swap is that 
everybody has their own way of doing it, but 2*mem still seems to be the 
rule of thumb.

Kris Moore
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