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No, it will simple remove un-needed information from ram or write to swap. Should you run out of ram + swap, then I think the most memory hogging process is killed. (This can be configured further in 2.6.x I believe)
hey, ive got another question, so if the ram is filled, and linux starts writing to the swap, what if our swap is a whole heck of a lot slower, and I would much rather have it write to the ram.
Im asking this because my ram gets filled up, and then it starts writing to my swap, but my swap is an old piece of crap hard drive i stuck in there for extra storage, so does it put the new processes in the ram and move old ones to swap? Or does it just write the new processes to anything thats open?
AFAIK that's how its done in both. I do know though, that win makes mistakes a lot and "forgets" to move something into RAM and out of the paging file before trying to execute it. But, in essence, they're supposed to work roughly the same.