On Tue, Jun 20, 2000 at 10:16:08AM +1000, Andrew Reilly wrote:
> (*) Speaking of which: why are we considering doing process
> dumps into a _different_ swap-ish partition, instead of just
> ensuring that all processes are sleeping in the normal swap
> partition?  If that was done, then they would just page
> themselves back in as needed, on wake-up.

Because swap doesn't work that way anymore.  They days where every page of
memory had to be backed by disk are long gone.  This means that there may
not be anywere to put processes which are in memory unless you allocate
somewhere to save all (or practicaly all) of memory.  In any case, I
haven't seen many laptops capable of using more then 256MB of RAM which
isn't exactly much of a modern disk.  My laptop has 256MB of RAM and
ships with up to a 10GB disk.  I've retrofitted it with a non-standard
18GB disk because 10GB looked too small for my needs.  Even with the 6.4GB
disk it shipped with, the suspend to disk partition is only 4% of my disk.

-- Brooks

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