Does it make sense to have the kernel use a swap partition?

Jim Colton jimcolt at
Thu Jul 24 19:54:52 CEST 2008

Thanks Tim.    I see what you mean.   I didn't know of free(1).

On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM, Tim Schmidt <timschmidt at> wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 12:48 PM, Jim Colton <jimcolt at> wrote:
> > Thank you for writing Andy.
> >
> > I see about 12M of 128M left while only Terminal-2 and the Dialer are
> > running.
> You're not subtracting buffered and cached data.  Linux aggressively
> buffers written data and caches read data for potential future use.
> This data is easily evicted from ram (usually without requiring
> anything to be written to more permanent storage), thus not negatively
> affecting performance.
> For various reasons, Linux's accounting of how much ram is in use
> isn't quite accurate, but you'll get a much closer number by running
> 'free' in the terminal and looking at the "-/+ buffers/cache" line.
> --tim
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