Subject: Re: Why the partitioning should stay the same
To: None <tech-kern@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Louis A. Mamakos <louie@TransSys.COM>
Date: 01/29/1995 21:01:29
> FYI, HP/UX (at least) includes support for swapping at the end of a file
> system. Thus, when installing you:
> At first sight it might seem scary (certainly was for me :-) It turns
It scared me too!
> out, however, that this feature really simplifies the install of work
> o You're only using one patition for
> both FS and swap.
> o you only have one file system
> [this could be a good thing or
> a dangerous thing, while not
> `optimal', it is certainly simple :-]
> [FYI, for backups, to avoid dumping
> all of the FS, HP/UX includes a tar style
> equivalent to dump]
If you can swap to a vnode, then you get these features without the
really scary parts of the HP/UX approach. I think you should be able
to do this with the vn driver, but I've never tried.
This approach works pretty well on my NeXT box. I've got a 1.2GB
disk, one partition, with a 32M swapfile which was create just after
the mkfs. Thus, it's preallocated and block are contiguous. It can
also grow dyanamically which is both good and bad.