Subject: Re: Replacement for grep(1) (part 2)
To: Noriyuki Soda <>
From: Matthew Dillon <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/13/1999 14:27:54
:>     Secondly, for such a server to fail to run is just as bad as if
:>     the system were to run out of swap.
:>     IRIX has a swap reservation flag too, a left-over from the SysV days.
:>     It is a totally useless flag.
:That's wrong.
:On such systems, critical server has a chance to save it's data to
:On 4.4BSD derived systems, it cannot be guaranteed.

    You are assuming that the situation actually occurs.  In real life,
    it will not occur unless the critical server is running away with

    I have never, ever run one of BEST's servers out of swap.  It has never
    been an issue.

    And, I can only repeat, again, that long before a reasonably configured
    FreeBSD system runs out of swap it would become unusable from the I/O 

    And you also haven't bothered to address my other point:  In order to
    configure a system that guarentees backing store, you need to configure
    that system with 8x or more swap then you would a normal system.  If
    you think there was a chance of a normal system running out of swap,
    what do you think would happen if you configured a normal system with
    8x swap?

					Matthew Dillon