On Mon, 19 Jun 2000, Brooks Davis wrote:

:On Tue, Jun 20, 2000 at 10:49:24AM +1000, Andrew Reilly wrote:
:> Processes do still wind up in "sleep" state, completely paged
:> out, don't they?
:Observationaly, no.  Unless I actually manage to run my system low on
:RAM, none of my swap is used even with ~5MB Eterm processes sitting
:unused for days.  I suppose if I let memory get tight, they might get
:ditched in favor of disk cache, but I haven't seen that happen.  Someone
:with a better grasp of the VM could give a more preciese answer.

I find lots my xterms getting swapped out on my office desktop.  It's only
(!) got 128MB of RAM, and I routinely have two or three dozen xterms
running locally, plus a like number from remote machines, plus an instance
of the X server and Netscape.  It only takes a couple seconds to swap in one
of the xterms when I start to use it again, and I often don't notice,
because I have to move my hand from the mouse back to hte keyboard.  I'm
probably not a typical user, of course.

David scheidt

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