Subject: Re: Replacement for grep(1) (part 2)
To: Matthew Dillon <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/13/1999 14:38:49
On Tue, 13 Jul 1999 14:27:54 -0700 (PDT) 
 Matthew Dillon <> wrote:

 >     You are assuming that the situation actually occurs.  In real life,
 >     it will not occur unless the critical server is running away with
 >     memory.
 >     I have never, ever run one of BEST's servers out of swap.  It has never
 >     been an issue.

In BEST's critical servers, maybe that's true.  But applying your experience
at BEST to the wide range of UNIX users is ... a bit ridiculous, I think :-)

 >     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 
 >     overload.

See previous point: "who said we were even going to swap *at all*?"

You're making a lot of assumptions about the sort of programs people
run on BSD systems, not all of which are reasonable to make.

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>