Subject: Re: Config File / Kernel Building
To: David Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 04/17/1996 21:21:26
[ On Tue, April 16, 1996 at 08:13:32 (-0400), David Jones wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Config File / Kernel Building
> 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'll second that motion by an order of magnitude!
It drives me absolutely batty that I've got to build a new kernel just
to add some swap space, and if indeed I can't build a new kernel because
I don't have enough swap space initially available, then I'm hosed.
I still haven't figured out how to swap to a file, or even a vnode -- I
thought I had made all the right kernel changes to allow swap to a
vnode, but it still won't allow me to attach it, and I just gave up. I
certainly need some such feature before I can finally ditch SunOS in my
Greg A. Woods
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