Subject: Re: Config File / Kernel Building
To: David Jones <>
From: Kevin P. Neal <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/17/1996 22:16:17
>Can anyone give me a REAL good reason why Unix users have to put up with this
>crap?  Why can't NetBSD do the following:
>- Once booted off xxxa where xxx is some disk, if xxxb exists, make that
>  the initial swap space (with appropriate behavior if booting miniroot).
>- Once the user says "swapon xxyz", just do it!
>I see no reason for the behavior of a user-initiated "swapon" to depend
>on what was configured.  About the only argument I can see for the current
>behavior is the off chance that someone has non-swap on xxxb.  Perhaps
>we can have a "swap superblock" that contains some signature that the kernel
>checks for before it will use a partition as swap?

I think AIX forces you to manually cut on paging in the startup.

Perhaps instead of just swiping xxxb, force the startup to swapon -a?

Seems simple.
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