Here's an idea for FreeBSD that would be practical. Since having
several partitions on the same disk is standard for FreeBSD and most
Unixes, instead of dealing with running out of space on a partition,
when you have gigs available on another, why not allow one partition to
create an overflow file on another partition, or perhaps a dedicated
amount of the swap partition if it's on the same disk, to keep from
running out of space? It'd probably have to be limited to one disk,
but that wouldn't hinder things too much. Dealing with unmounted
filesystems would be annoying but probably doable without too much risk
of problems(could even use the swap partition, and on say /usr just
have a file for swap?). The most obvious case of how this could be
good would be the root partition when you're updating the system,
especially with debug symbols or perhaps multiple kernels(say a generic
debug, optimized debug, generic, and optimized?).
The best reason for doing something like this, you can keep the
partitions for "disk optimization" and still have the ease of use of a
single partition like OS X, Ubuntu, or PCBSD.
Maybe this would be good for FreeBSD 8 or 9?
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