Subject: Re: Swapping problems (was: Re: 1.2 features, again)
To: Scott Reynolds <scottr@Plexus.COM>
From: David Gilbert <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/02/1996 21:23:14
>>>>> "Scott" == Scott Reynolds <scottr@Plexus.COM> writes:

Scott> On Sun, 30 Jun 1996, Laine Stump wrote:
>> Possibly the amount of suffering is in direct proportion to the
>> large amount of RAM/swap we have...

Scott> That was my first thought.  I've never noticed any appreciable
Scott> delay when swapping kicks in, but the two machines that I use
Scott> most are a mac68k machine (8M RAM/48M swap) and an hp300
Scott> (32M/64M).

	Just to add another datapoint, I have 4 machines: 4/260 24M,
3/260 16M, i386/40 8M, Amiga (25Mhz 030 8M).  The i386 doesn't really
seem (to me) to suffer swap problems to much.  It has a really slow
old IDE (40M) disk, half of which is swap.  It's response time to
various actions is within what I would expect even when it's being
hammered with C++ compiling (say hylafax).

	However, my 24M 4/260 can seem absolutely hammered by running
a few scripts that use a lost of subprocesses (say injnews) or my own
MailGating script which calls grep a lot (system becomes almost
unuseable).  Emacs startup time can range from about 5 secs (X
windows, BTW) to well over 2 minutes.  When injnews is running, moving
the mouse across the screen can seem onerous.


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